Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week at work and writing, but enough about that. This week I was saddened by the news that a young boy in our state committed suicide. I didn’t know the boy, but whenever I hear of a teen killing themselves it upsets me.
This particular boy was talking with a young girl on social media. Only she wasn’t a young girl, she was a predator posing as a young girl. This predator sent this teen a naked picture of herself and manipulated this boy into sending a naked picture of himself.
Within seconds of sending that picture, the predator sent him a message telling him if he didn’t pay $5000.00, then the predator would post his picture all over social media. Can you imagine the terror this young man felt? His shame and embarrassment? He sent them all the money he had, but the predator demanded more.
This poor child thought the only recourse he had was to kill himself. Can you imagine the depths of his despair? He was a bright kid with a bright future.
These predators are ruthless and smart. They know how to manipulate a young mind. So, parents please talk to your teens about the dangers of social media. They have enough to deal with navigating the trials and tribulations of high school without some predator stalking them on sites they go to to virtually hang out.
The authorities are calling this sextortion.
To prevent this from happening to your child, talk to them about the dangers of social media, even if they don’t want to hear it. Keep the lines of communication open so when they’re unsure about a situation they’ll feel comfortable talking to you, and if they don’t make sure they have a trusted adult in their lives they can go to.
Remember, predators are ruthless. The more you as a parent are involved with your kids, the less likely their manipulations will work on your child. I’m not a psychologist but I do know that parental involvement is the name of the game. Keep showing up for your kids even if they push you away.
They may act like you’re irritating them, but they’ll appreciate you just the same. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. How do you protect your child from predators on social media? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
8 thoughts on “Sextortion: Another Danger on Social Media”
What a horrible and desperately sad story!
I know. It really upset me. Thanks for stopping by.
You are very welcome!
Yes, it is a highly depressing tale. It’s despicable how some folk prey on others. 😔😔
It is! They’re also very smart and hard to catch.
This is a really sad story that really happens more than we want to think. My children protect my grandchildren by limiting their screen time and checking their devices often. They have to share their passwords with their parents so they can check them at any time.
I know. It really upset me when I heard it. I’m glad your grand children are protected. It’s a dangerous world out there. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
Gosh, so terribly tragic. I have a 17yo son and we talk about this issue a lot. Kids have to know we’re there for them even in terrible situations. I’m so sad for this boy and his family. 😦 Thank you for sharing such an important post, Lisa. xx
Thank you for stopping by, Rachel. I agree wholeheartedly with you. I also have two teenage sons and we talk about social media and it’s dangers quite a bit. I’m glad to hear you’re aware of the dangers as well. You sound like you’re an awesome parent. 🙂