As children get older, they will want to know more. With the emergence of the internet, this is easier than parents think. All it takes is a few keystrokes and they have come to the website of their choice. Even with that, children find ways to get the information they want.
Being online exposes children to a new way of exploring things. Or they will access one of their favorite children’s television websites and look at old episodes of their favorite shows. If it doesn’t cost them much of anything, they will take advantage of what the internet has available.
Even though a child may land on a child-friendly website, some of them do have chat rooms. Who says they would not try to access one of them? If they get lonely, they can look for new friends online. These are people they have never met before. Down the road, they start to feel comfortable talking to them.
Then once they get to know them, they seek out people who have their same interests. Little do some of these children know that they may be setting themselves up for trouble if they’re not careful. The person on the other end seems to be interested in having a “friendship” as well. This “friendship” gets so intense that the child starts pouring out their heart to them. They start to divulge their innermost thoughts and problems. They think that the person on the other end will be willing to help them.
What the person is really doing is trying to get a hook to take advantage of them. The child is then lured with promises of attention, giving and loving by way of the internet. Then, once they think the child feels comfortable with them, they start to introduce them to content of a sexual nature. Being that most children are curious by nature, they seek to find out more. So the person starts sending them sexually provocative images and talks to them in a sexually explicit manner. In essence they’re being brainwashed to renounce their normal life as a child and start to grow up faster than they need to.
When the perpetrator feels that they want to move the relationship to another level, they’ll trick the child into meeting them in person. Once that happens, the child is lured into staying with this person for an unspecified period of time. After that, the parents become hard pressed to get their child back.
The age of the sex offender isn’t always an older person. Sometimes, the perpetrator can be a few years older than the child. No matter how old they are, if they can succeed in luring the child away from their home, then the parents have a problem.
Some of the perpetrators may not necessarily be child molesters per se, but they may still pose a danger to the child their trying to lure into their graces.