It is a well known fact that the Internet contains its fair share of criminals, and a good number of them seek to prey on children and young adults. Parents are of course the first line of defense and even as many are becoming more Internet savvy and seek to safeguard their children, there are some obstacles which simply do appear to be insurmountable.
Statistics of online predators are sobering to parents not only because they showcase how widespread the infestation with such individuals is, but also that sometimes their very own children stand in the way of getting the help they need to deal with unwelcome advances.
Statistics of online predators, such as they are published by the Crimes against Children Research Center, are sobering to parents because they divulge that only one quarter of children who are exposed to sexual content or overt solicitation will actually go ahead and let a parent know.
The other three quarters do not mention anything; it is unclear if this is for fear of having Internet privileges revoked, being considered uncool by peers online and off, or simply because they are making their first experimental steps into sexuality and are flattered by the attention they are receiving.
Sadly, these statistics of online predators also reveal that a good portionâ€”about 22%–were actually aimed at those children who are between the ages of 10 and 13. Granted, many social networking sites do not allow minors under 13 to join, but this is a rule that is broken consistently.