During Online interactions we don’t always think about who we’re really talking to. Awareness of Online Sexual Predators is super important for people of all ages.
What Are They?
Online sexual predators are people who commit crimes such as sexual assault over the internet. These people can range from any age, although more often than not, are around ages 40-65. They often use fake identities or act as someone the victim would relate or connect with.
Who Do They Target?
Online predators usually target minors; however, any age can be a possible victim. They usually look for people who are lonely or simply just having a challenging period in their lives, in which case, human beings usually strive for someone to listen. In this case, the victims don’t necessarily fully look over who it is that is trying to interact with them, making it the perfect opportunity to lure the victim in. They do this using three main rules gaining trust, breaking down the boundaries and maintaining control over them while still trying to make the victim feel safe and comfortable when interacting with them.
Technically, there could be tons of reasons why someone would want to do this. The part that shocks physiologists the most is how much planning goes into the actual crime. Due to past researching, I know that more serious convicts have been extremely organized with their crimes. They spend weeks or months looking for the perfect victim before actually interacting with them. Physiologists have said some of these convicts do this crime for the adrenaline rush they get from it.
How Do We Recognize an Online Sexual Predator?
Obviously we’re not perfect and have probably stumbled upon a predator before without noticing; however, there are ways to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe on the internet. In the picture above it has a quote in the bottom left corner.
” A predator can sound a lot like a friend.”
This quote is entirely true. As said before, part of the process in which a predator takes consists of trying to get the minor or victim to feel comfortable and safe when speaking to them just as a friend does. That doesn’t mean if somebody is kind to you they’re a predator, it simply means that people who are overly kind or “nosy”right from the start could be a possible predator although obviously this isn’t always the case. One of the bigger warning signs is somebody who asks you a lot of personal questions relating to things such as your family, friends, province/state, home life etc…
Of course this doesn’t always apply but if noticed it wouldn’t hurt to take precaution.To sum it up, if the person is making you uncomfortable in anyway repeatedly it’s probably best that you recognize that and change it.
How To ” Delete” A Predator
After recognizing the signs and deciding to move on, it’s always best to block the predator which eventually (if not already) will be common sense. If the person had threatened you or your family it’s always best to tell an adult or in desperate measures call the police.
When researching I found some actual facts proving why we need to be more educated on this subject not even as a school but a generation in which is very involved with social media of all kinds.
- 86% of children or young adults chat online without their parents knowledge
- 77% of victims targeted by predators are 14
- 64% of teens do things online they wouldn’t want their parents seeing
- and the worst one of all, 75% of kids are willing to give out personal information for goods or services
So what does this all mean? I see it as the parents and children being ignorant to how dangerous the internet can actually be. Of course it’s also fun and full of great things but it doesn’t hurt to know how to avoid the not so great things either.
Some of the most popular sites used by online sexual predators are
- Plenty of fish
In conclusion, kids need to be more aware of their surroundings as do parents. We should monitor the use of social media within our household especially with small children. This is a new problem considering no other generation has ever been this involved with social media till now, so why we haven’t had any real education on this topic is understandable. However, there has been enough time to notice online sexual predators are growing wiser and more dangerous by the day, which is why we need to start opening our eyes to the dangers of them, not only for us, but for more futures to come.
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