Online dating dangers stories for children

21-Sep-2015 06:34 by 9 Comments

Online dating dangers stories for children

Of course it makes sense to teach our kids about Internet safety. That they shouldn’t share too much information, or assume that what they post will ever disappear.But it is bizarre to act as if Facebook is teaming with stranger danger.

There are indeed over 750,000 registered sex offenders, but the majority of people on the registry do not pose a threat to kids. Here’s a piece in The Economist quoting a study done by the Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board (not a state that’s soft on crime).

That boy’s mom and grandma wanted to keep their child safe, but I would not be surprised if any natural “gut instincts” of his have been shattered for life.

(Not to mention his trust in his loved ones.) The same goes for the young ladies here.

The video shows an admitted prankster, Coby Persin, who looks to be about 30, pretending to be a teen as he chats with some girls online.

They agree to meet, whereupon he films each girl’s shock and near collapse when it turns out to be him and his terrifying “safety” message.

Worst of all (to me), is that the girls’ parents are alongside Coby, heaping guilt and rage upon their daughter. That’s like telling them not to trust anyone they meet in the off line world, too.

The terror of a kidnapping mixed with the horror and soul-melting shame of being tricked and trapped by your own parents is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. As I wrote of the Joey Salads piece, a video that “tests” whether kids can be conned by an evil stranger makes it seem as if this is a situation kids are faced with every day.

What is so hard to understand is that, first of all, our kids today are NOT in constant danger.

Also: The vast majority of crimes against children are committed NOT by sneaky strangers, but by people they truly know.

Beaten: Paul turned into a green-eyed monster punching Michelle repeatedly in the face and even stabbed her in the leg, refusing to take her to hospital.

She was told if it had been a deeper cut, she would have bled to death Deceiving: Michelle thought she was being set up by the dating web gods, she was actually in store for a nasty surprise when her tall, dark, handsome lover turned out to be a violent monster who beat and stabbed her 'But I didn’t want to write off the idea completely so I thought I would try a different site and see if my luck might be any better.

I found this one on online and because it was free I decided to give it a go.' Not what he seemed: Twenty-five-year-old Paul Cuthbert's profile stated that he was a single father from Grimsby who doted on his four-year-old daughter and that he was looking for a nice girl to fall in love with, but that all turned out to be lies The following weekend, Paul again travelled to Leicester to meet Michelle and, as they chatted, agreed to meet up the next weekend in Grimsby where he promised Michelle would get to meet his daughter.

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