Online you can pretend to be something you’re not – a friend, a mentor, a boyfriend or girlfriend.
You can even pretend to be a completely different person.
To understand where teens like to spend their virtual time nowadays, just watch them on their smartphones.
Their world revolves around Instagram, the application adults mistook for an elevated photography service, and other apps decidedly less old-fashioned than Mark Zuckerberg's social network.
This means it can be hard to tell the difference between someone genuine and someone dangerous.
These are two different cases of "grooming": an adult contacts a kid through the internet, and through manipulation or lying, leads that kid into sexual territory — from talking about sex to sharing private photos, recording the kid using a webcam or arranging an in-person meeting. First, we're sure that everything that happens online is "virtual." In fact, we call it "the virtual world." If you look it up in the dictionary, something virtual is something that seems to exist but is not real. Degenerate, perverted adults use the internet to abuse boys and girls and take advantage of, among other things, the fact that the kids and their parents think that what happens online doesn't actually happen.Around schools, kids treat these apps like pot, enjoyed in low-lit corners, and all for the undeniable pleasure and temporary fulfillment of feeling cool.Facebook, meanwhile, with its Harvard dorm room roots, now finds itself scrambling to keep up with the tastes of the youngest trendsetters -- even as it has its hooks in millions of them since it now owns Instagram. This person had three different profiles and 890 kids between 8 and 13 years old among her friends list. This kid started sending private photos until his family realized what was going on.These are excerpts of a chat with one of those kids. The police report and subsequent investigation lead them to a house. Nina Rodríguez was actually a 24-year-old man that used to do this with lots of kids.