If you have children I’m sure that you’ve told them many times about the dangers of strangers on the internet. The truth is that no matter how many times you remind them of this fact, MOST CHILDREN DO NOT BELIEVE IT.
If you are like me you are positive that your child would never meet a complete stranger at the park or get into their car but the odds are you are wrong. We all have faith in our children and believe that if we tell them something enough times they will listen to our advice but young people do not think the way that we do. I am sorry to tell you that the faith you have in your children to do the right thing is often unfounded and given the opportunity they will take risks that you cannot imagine.
The link here is to a YouTube video of a social experiment designed to “test” young people to find out exactly what they will do if their parents are not around. It is shocking to say the least and scared me to the core. The basic premise is that a stranger contacts the young girl on the internet pretending to be someone in her age group and they become friends. After only a few days the new friend suggests meeting in the park, coming to their house or taking a ride in his car.
What the girls don’t know is that this “stranger” is working with their parent(s) who will be present if their daughter actually meets up with him. All 3 girls on this video (ages 12, 13 and 14) receive the surprise of their lives when they do show up. This video is only 7 minutes long and it is something that every parent must see. It is emotional and upsetting for any parent to watch.
There are currently more than 750,000 registered sex offenders in the United States and this short video shows just how easy it is for them to find a victim. Watch this video and then have another talk with your child. As unpleasant as this topic may be, your child is at risk and you are the only person that can prevent such a tragedy from happening to your family.