Passersby Spot A Young Girl Meeting Up With A Predator She Met Online And Their Reaction Is Amazing. How Would You Respond?
We live in the age of the internet and, to be honest, and it's hard to keep up with all the different media popping up all over the place.
The internet is a blessing, but it does come with several disadvantages, and one of them is the fact that it multiplies the number of crimes committed against minors.
Online predators are people who commit abuse or exploit children, among other things, and the process begins on the internet.
There is more awareness about the existence of online predators nowadays, which is a positive thing because children now know that not everyone you meet online is a good person.
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Now the question is: If you happen to be a bystander listening in on a conversation between a young girl and a stranger she met online, who seems to be a pedophile, what would you do?
Will you eavesdrop but move on to mind your own business?
A YouTube video shows how some people who witnessed a simulated situation reacted, and quite a number of them stood up for the young girl.
A real-life situation of this kind ended in a tragedy as the online activity of a twelve-year-old led her abductor to her doorstep.
The young girl, whose name was kept confidential, left home to to school but never returned home. A strange blue pick-up truck with North Carolina plates was noticed at her house by the neighbors.
Her mother found out and contacted the police, and after four days of investigation they were led to a ranch house in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the 12-year-old girl was being held hostage by a man.
His name was Arroyo and he allegedly befriended the young girl via Xbox live chat and lured her in. Arroyo was arrested and now faces federal charges.
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The girl is now back with her family. However, if the young girl’s neighbors had done something when they noticed the strange vehicle, she might not have faced the trauma she experienced while she was kidnapped.
So ask yourself today: If I were one of the neighbors, what would I have done?
How to tackle online predators as a parent?
First, instead of freaking out, gather evidence of your child's conversation with the stranger. Take screenshots of their messages or save their voice notes.
Then, talk to your kid about the situation. Make sure you do so without making them feel bad.
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Take action and report it to the social platform, and block the person. Finally, contact the police.
As parents and adults, we have a duty to be vigilant when we see children engaging with strangers, and we have to make sure no one falls victim to online predators.