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Social Media Predator Experiment Gone Viral – A Must Watch For Parents

August 15, 2015

Hello my Fabulous Friends!  As you know I normally share motivational, positive topics on my blog, however today I am going to deviate and post something that anyone as a parent NEEDS to watch, and watch WITH your children. 

Social Media Stranger Danger Experiment

YouTube star Coby Persin, 21, set out to help some New York-area parents teach their children how real the threat of pedophiles, rapists, and abductors truly is, posing as a teen himself and luring their young daughters into potentially dangerous situations by first striking up conversations with them on Facebook. 

‘I made a fake profile on Facebook posing as a 15-year-old boy,’ Coby explains, showing off a page for a made-up teen named Jason Biazzio. ‘With their parents’ permission, I friend-requested three girls ages 14, 13, and 12.’

Coby didn’t have to work hard to set the groundwork for a first meeting with any of these young ladies, merely chatting with them online or via text for three or four days before arranging to meet up at their homes or somewhere nearby. 

‘What we found in this video is shocking and something everyone should see,’ he says.

Source: The Daily Mail

The parents were all willing participants in this experiment and each of them says the same phrase over and over regarding the meet up- “She won’t go, not my child.”

They were all proven very wrong. 

This video has received tens of millions of views and praise for its focus on raising awareness of being mindful of our children’s social media activities. 

It has also received criticism for being “too shocking.”  As a mother and an Aunt of pre-teen and teenage girls, I say to the critics, what’s worse?  Being forewarned and taking action or being ignorant and having the unthinkable happen?

Please watch and share. I would love to hear your opinion after you do. 

💋 ~ Keep your children safe.  Miranda. 

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2 Comments

  • Reply writingblissfully August 16, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I’m not surprised that the experiment has stirred such a debate. The larger point he was making seems to be that we need to teach our kids to be careful when talking to people they don’t know online, and perhaps not talk to people they don’t know. One opponent suggested that the experiment was too extreme–it didn’t actually reflect a “real” situation. But this is a situation that repeats itself over and over each day, only it’s not an experiment. I don’t know what the answer is but I think it definitely needs to be a discussion. 🙂

    • Reply Approaching50AndFabulous August 16, 2015 at 2:13 am

      There are too many stories in the news… Too many statistics…I can only hope it leads to parents being more vigilant.

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