Some of today's youth are extremely candid, provocative, and so willing to explore avenues some grown-ups can't even begin to fathom. It's true, you can prevent your child/children from accessing certain sites, or chat rooms without a grown-ups permission, but what happens once they're in the chat room and you're gone? It seems as though the children become lost in a world of their own, and the childhood rules of, “Don't talk to strangers” has gone right out the window. Sometimes, there is the case whereas, the child doesn't get the attention at home that they so need, or desire. Therefore, they tend to use the Internet as a way to communicate with someone who will listen to them, and possibly tell them exactly what they may need to hear. All of a sudden, the person on the other end has enough information to find out exactly where the child is. Then maybe he suggests that they meet somewhere to talk more about the conversation, which they started on the Internet.
Of course, all the while the child is under the impression that another child is on the other end of that conversation. Or maybe they know it's a grown-up, and feel that they are more in tuned or care more for them than their parent/parents. So, they agree to meet and the rest is history. But though that's not always the case, sometimes it is and parents need to spend more time with their children showing interest in the little things that interest them.
I think that all predators are pure garbage, and should be hog-tied if; we were able to catch up to all of them. But the behavior some of our youth display nowadays is extremely shameful. I'm not saying that it's all their fault that predators are online doing the things they do, but they make it real easy for them to live out their sick, unhealthy, unnatural obsession with our youth. Because if the sicko’s weren't being fed obscene conversation, pictures, video, or live web cam shows then there would be nothing for them to see. Then, they will have to get their jollies off someplace else.
In some cases, parents seem to think the time they spend with their children is enough, but in reality it isn't. Children today need constant attention. Life today is so fast paced, and people often have multiple things to do; but there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day. So, therefore the time that is given to their child/children may not be enough for him or her. Maybe for instance, your child had a bad day, and need some advice or just want to tell you what a good day they had, but you don't have time to sit down and listen. That can probably make them feel unloved, lonely, or make them feel like what they do just isn't that important.
Then, right away they go on the computer, and into the chat room because they know there will always be someone there who will listen to them, and allow them to express themselves as much as they need to. So, maybe they tell the person they're chatting with about their day whether good, or bad giving them detailed information including where certain events might have taken place. The predator immediately feeds off of what the child is saying, and tells them exactly what they want to hear. Maybe the child wanted to tell their parent about the game they won at school that day, but the parent was too busy or running out the door late for some appointment, so they didn't have time to listen. Now, that person soaks up all the enthusiasm from the child, and play along asking, "So, what team did you beat?" The child tells them who, what, where, and so on. That is how the sick predators gather enough information from your child enabling them the opportunity to abuse them Parents, you must invest ample time in your child/children’s lives.