Imagine you heard the devastating news of a friend, sibling, son or daughter, who had fallen victim to the dangerous trap of internet predators. Internet dating can be dangerous and risky for anyone. However, it can be dangerous even more for younger people and teenagers who are naïve. These predators will take advantage of these young teens knowing that they can be swayed more easily.
Those who fall victim to the dangers of internet dating often fail to realize the inevitable possibilities of kidnap, rape and murder. Despite hearing the stories on the news of these young kids who have become victims to situations such as these, often times parents like to believe that their children could not fall under the same unfortunate circumstances.
When I hear of people I know and peers from school who have been talking to someone with whom they have met over the internet that are five, maybe six years older than they are, I think, not smart. I find that they do these things just because they are bored. What these young people need is a hobby, and maybe then, the need to resort to things such as this will lessen; maybe they won't. However, I figure since a parent cannot watch their kid 24/7, it can't hurt can it? Jasmine Doxey is a PUSD High School senior and intern at The Journal. You may contact her via The Journal: