Man Poses as 15-Year-Old Girl to Teach Parents & Teens the Dangers of Online Predators

It seems like every day we’re hearing new warnings about online safety and how to protect our kids from becoming victims of the world wide web. Most kids know the basics—don’t talk to strangers, don’t share personal information with people you don’t know; but what some teens fail to recognize is that online predators don’t appear to be the “bad guy” like a kidnapper in a white van.

Gone are the days when our concern is urging kids not to follow a trail of candy into a car full of puppies (though that should still be a conversation). Chatting with strangers online is the new threat to children and teens, and if not taken seriously, it could have major (and very permanent) consequences.

Coby Persin is a YouTube vlogger best known for his hidden camera experiments.

To show the dangers of social media, he got the permission from the parents of three boys to start conversations with their sons online, posing as 15-year-old “Amanda.”

The hidden camera experiment has been viewed more than 35 MILLION times, and it’s something that EVERY parent and teen desperately needs to see.

After chatting with each of the boys for a few days, “Amanda” suggests they should meet, individually inviting each of the boys over to her house.

Online, Amanda appears to be their peer. Sure, she’s a stranger, but she doesn’t look or talk like a creepy dude, or a pedophile—the people we typically associate with the dangers of social media.

One of the boys goes to the address that Amanda gave him. A woman posing as her mother answers the door, and the boy enters without hesitation. Had it not been a set up, there’s no telling whether the boy would have ever made it out of that house.

Online Predators

Another one of the boys gave Amanda his address so her “father” could pick him up and they could hang out. An actor posing as Amanda’s father pulls up to the boy’s house—IN A CREEPY WHITE PEDOPHILE VAN—and the boy gets in. Coby and the boy’s father pull him in aggressively as he yells for help, only to learn the real lesson of how dangerous his decisions were.

Online Predators

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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