Where is the one of the best places for pedophiles to find innocent young children? Most young teens use some kind of messenger to chat with their school friends online. Sexual offenders use this to their advantage. Here the predator can hide their true identity. They can "be anyone" online. Your young teen may think they are talking to a peer or another teen, but in reality they are talking to an adult posing as a teen. These predators will make friends with your kids, earn their trust, then attempt to convince them to meet with them in person.
Facts about Kids Online: What better place for a pedophile to find innocent young children? Talk to your kids about it! This can't be stressed enough. Knowledge of this is crucial. Most kids are very trusting souls which makes them a prime target. Make them aware that the people they are talking to online could be anyone, any age, and have devious reasons for earning their trust. What you can do: Use parental controls and don't allow them to use instant messengers.
This one is hard to enforce as chat rooms are plentiful on the internet. It is a favorite pastime for kids. Never give out your real name, address, school name, parents name, relatives names, sport teams names, or any other vital information which can lead the unknown people they are talking with to the child. Talk at great lengths about this with your child to be sure they understand.
Monitor your child's activity online. This can be accomplished quite easily with software you install on the computer your child is using. Chris Hansen along with a crew and the police, set up a house with a decoy who tells people online she is only 13 and when they ask her to have sex, she tells them where she lives I have to say, I was absolutely disgusted and astounded at the number of men who are trying to meet up with children online with the intent of having sex. In the episode which aired on Tuesday, January 30th, there were 38 men who visited the Long Beach, California decoy house within 3 days!
You can see statistics for other areas of the United States on their web site. Related Sex Offender Links.