Nearly a third of teenage girls have met people offline after becoming online friends, according to a new study. In many cases the identity of that online character was not fully confirmed before the teens set up a real-life meet-up. In addition, one in 10 experienced some form of exploitation — ranging from creepy sexual advances to rape — during that offline interaction. The study, published today Jan.
30% of Teens Meet Online 'Friends' Offline: Study
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For teenagers, good friends can be like a personal support group. Friends and friendships give teenagers:. Teenagers might be focused on their friends, but they still need your help and support to build and maintain positive and supportive friendships. Good parent-child relationships tend to lead to children having positive relationships with peers. So being warm and supportive, staying connected and actively listening to your child can help him develop friendship skills. Being a good role model is important too.
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There are tons of horror stories about teens being lured off the Internet and into compromising positions by pedophiles and sex traffickers. Unfortunately these types of stories are not merely urban legends. They really happen and Internet savvy teens are at the greatest risk. The popularity of meet-and-greet websites over the past few years has only increased the danger that a teen will fall victim to an online predator.
A year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, was allegedly killed by her best friend and several other teen accomplices after they were promised millions of dollars for video evidence of the killing by a man who had catfished them. According to court documents, Denali Brehmer, 18, confessed to killing Cynthia Hoffman on June 2 at the direction of a man she had met online several months prior named Darin Schilmiller. Prosecutors say Schilmiller, 21, who's from New Salisbury, Indiana, told Brehmer his name was "Tyler," that he lived in Kansas, and that he was a millionaire. The two then developed an online relationship. Brehmer then allegedly recruited the help of four of her friends, including year-old Caleb Leyland and year-old Kayden McIntosh.