Unfortunately these types of stories are not merely urban legends.They really happen and Internet savvy teens are at the greatest risk.A recent study from the American Psychological Association found some interesting results regarding the statistics of Internet predators and today’s youth.They found that the majority of Internet predators do not pose as children as the prior conception of the Internet predator stereotype was perceived.The Internet predators are out there and your kids are willingly chatting with them.It seems that there is another dangerous trend that teenagers are participating in called Sexting. Research by Cox Communications Inc., in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ® (NCMEC) and TV host and children’s advocate John Walsh reveals that more parents are talking to their children about the potential dangers of the Internet.
There are tons of horror stories about teens being lured off the Internet and into compromising positions by pedophiles and sex traffickers.
These sites are not dating sites and, unlike reputable online dating services, the friendship building sites rarely screen users.
All it takes to become a member is a username, a password and 5 minutes to build a profile.
There are sites that cater to every taste and need, from age, to ethnicity, to religion, and even to hobbies and interests you want to share with potential partners.
Not only that, but the culture around online dating has changed, too.