Parents: Is your Teen Catfishing for Sex
The Internet and Social Media opens many doors that
access information potentially beneficial to teens
academically, professionally, networking and build
communities that are like extended families.
Parents should be reminded that Social Media is
just that, a social extension of life.
Parents should be reminded that teens are exposed
to sexual distractions to have sex, even without
the Internet. Teens do have sexual relationships
and parents need to talk to their children about
the dangers of unprotected sex, multiple partners,
oral and anal sex.
As a educator, presenter and speaker about
Social Media parents need to talk to their
children about Catfishing and stories of online
stalking, predators and dangers?
A Florida sex sting captured over fifty men
as sexual predators. They targeted children
in online Social sites and from online gaming
sites. Using Catfishing and posed as teens
but they were teachers, businessmen, students
and tourists ranging in age from 19 to 60
Available online are access to teens for hookups in
school, at the movies, in church and other social
hangouts. The term “Catfish(ing)” uses Social Media
in a dangerous way that allows teens to have digital
“Booty Calls” and “Meetups.” Parents need to
learn the terminology that their children
use, be aware, prepared and realistic.
The social connections not only happen through
Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, the ability
to connect is also through Xbox Live, Wii and
other gaming systems. Teens seem to be just
playing video games, but some teens are experts
at “gaming” and “hooking up.”
The process starts by chatting and playing
video games with people never met in person
only in a digital world where anything can
happen. Social interaction, real names are not
even used, but bonds develop, friendships
form and teens connect without knowing
exactly who they are talking to. The next
stage is real names are shared, phone numbers
are shared then schools, locations and the
bait is set. Teens get comfortable and their
guard is let down. Then the romance is
Parent should be familiar with the process,
they need to investigate, ask questions and
even spy if necessary to make sure their teens
are safe and if they are the predator searching
for online sexual relationships. If there are
concerns parents trust your instincts and
take appropriate action.
“Catfish(ing)” is an expression: the act of
deceiving someone. A Catfish is someone
who creates a fake online identity (persona)
to meet others through social networks and
the gaming world online.
The ease of making a false person is so easy
students in elementary schools are doing it.
It is not just in Facebook, but can be found on
Meetme, Skout and social sites through
gaming consoles. Even though many people
put a picture as their online identity this
can so easily be false.
Actual data shows that 30 percent of teenage
girls met up with a stranger in person after
initially meeting them online
“Pediatrics Feb 2013”.
Viewing girls online info too many girls social
media content (pictures, text and videos) are
provocative and sexually suggestive. The sexual
suggestiveness comes in text like: I’m sexy,
I’m easy, will go all the way, or I swallow.
Parents need to be real in the understanding
of their teens actions.
The Internet is no fairy tale, playroom, or
fantasy land. The posting of this content never
goes away, it can be seen by millions and
shared. Teens do not realize that their content
can be used against them when applying for
colleges, Internships, employment and even
entering the military.
Girls are social beings and many enjoy the
social interaction and making new friends.
Nationally there is a growing sex trafficking
with the Internet being used to lure and
entice girls with the hopes of money, travel,
modeling and stardom.
The intent in most cases is not for sexual
meetups, but it is still a dangerous situation
when giving out personal information online.
Girls should be cautious of who they let in
their networks and not say yes to just anybody.
That creates a chance for potentially dangerous
ways to find teens that are vulnerable to
some kind of sexual relationship or even
Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking.
Parenting should make a transition to online
parenting behaviors, the importance of relationships
that parents have with their children should
involve talking about the consequences of
online behaviors that could lead to dangerous
or even deadly situations.
Parents talk to your children, keep the lines of
communication open and realistic. Catfish is
reason real issue for parents to educate
their children on the dangers they face online.
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