The term “Online Predators” has introduced since the internet has come into existence. The people who perform internet facilitated sex-crimes against the minors and started adult or abusive communication with the young kids and teens having the aim of coercing them into illegal sexual activity. Having the facility of the internet with the passage of time the real-life predators use technology such as chat rooms, instant messaging, and Internet forums, social networking sites and cell phones and finally a new term formed known as online predators. So, generally, the predators who seek to exploit vulnerable children for sexual or other abusive motives with the help of cyberspace are cyber predators. Therefore, they collect information and use communications technology and internet to track, victimize the minors such as teens.
Cyber Predators Using Social networking apps as cover
Online predators happen mostly in chat rooms or social media apps; the New England Journal of Public Policy reported that. However any social app or online spaces that empower young users to make contacts with the strangers without the moderation or without the age verification can permits contacts between the kids and the adults and these adults could be anyone, an online predator. On the other hand’s teens used to of exploring the adult sites, chat rooms and also use dating apps such as Tinder, Snapchat, Yahoo and others out of curiosity regarding sex and romance. So, having these kinds of facts cyber predators are using social messaging apps such as Facebook, Kik, Line, Vine, Instagram and others as their cover.
Why Online Predators using Social media to Victimize minors?
Obviously, the technology in the shape of instant messaging apps provides cover and anonymity to the cyber predators. They can operate sitting in their sleeper cells and can make contact with their target without exposing their identity. Moreover, they can chase more than one target at the same time and they just have to send a flying message to a young flame and there will be possible chances they can trap them easily. There are following things that really suits to an online predator.
- High successful rate
- Cover & anonymity
- No risk factor to get caught
- Easy to operate