They often create a fake identity online and may pose as a teenager, the child never the wiser.
Online predators educate themselves about music, movies, slang that kids use, to help them connect with a tween/teen.
Apps are also being used by online predators to engage with victims.
Several recent cases of teens being victimized have involved the smartphone app Kik Messenger.
You Tube and other video sites where kids post videos about themselves is another vehicle for predators to find children.
The more information kids post about themselves on line the easier it is for a predator to find them.
They look like you or me or anyone down the street.
They are “mostly male, although we are seeing an alarming trend of female predators. A professional, upstanding member in the community but leading a deviant lifestyle through the Internet.” Parents need to pay attention to their children’s online activity and take preventative measures to protect their children from online predators.
Parents need to talk to them frequently about online predator risks.Predators are master manipulators and provide the online “pretend” support these kids are looking for to build trust and to verify the child’s feelings.They work at becoming that child’s friend and gaining trust which is known as the grooming process.Sites like Omegle that invite kids to talk to strangers are a parents nightmare.Teaching your child not to talk to strangers is one of the first lessons in life that a parent gives their child. Kids are naturally curious and many kids visit them thinking it’s no big deal. They are disturbing and ripe with nudity and explicit disgusting sexual behavior in addition to being havens for predators.Many kids become friends with complete strangers online with many kids accepting “friend” requests regardless of whether they know who they are friending.What’s even more alarming is that 30% of kids are meeting up with the “friends” they met online.Many gaming sites also have chatroom capabilities leaving a child vulnerable to potential exploitation. “There are ways to turn the webcam on without you knowing you’re being watched,” said an FBI Special Agent.Predators can also find kids on Facebook and other social networking sites.Talk to them about the risks associated with posting personal information.Go over the Screen Retriever tips before they are allowed on the computer. Learn the language your kids use on the computer and cellphone, like A/S/L or GNOC. When your child comes to you with a problem, be there for them, and don’t over react.