Online Predators Attack Anywhere at Any Time

Jul 16, 2014

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One evening, Nicole was watching the news when the phone rang. It was a police officer. He said that her daughter had been the victim of a sexual predator online.

Nicole’s daughter was targeted by a sexual predator posing as a 15 year old boy. He had contacted her through Kik, a messaging app popular with teenagers.

“He told her everything she wanted to hear, and convinced her to actually send a picture,” says Nicole. “When my daughter sent the pictures, she was sitting beside me on the couch. She went upstairs for five minutes to the bathroom then came back down, and I had no clue- it happened so fast.”

The man wanted even more pictures, but Nicole’s daughter refused. The nice guy that had befriended her suddenly got angry, threatening to blackmail her and post the photos she had already sent on Facebook for everyone to see.

Investigators, who had their eye on the predator for a while, raided the predator’s home and found the images Nicole’s daughter had sent, along with many other images of children.

Nicole says that it is not easy to stay up-to-date with everything that goes on with her daughter’s technology. Even checking her Facebook, her phone, and texts was not enough.

It’s important to have good communication with your child about the dangers of online interaction. Be aware of who your child’s friends are both online and offline. Monitor the things that your children do to help prevent child predators from taking advantage of your children.