They often create a fake identity online and may pose as a teenager, the child never the wiser.
Many kids become friends with complete strangers online with 70 percent of kids accepting "friend" requests regardless of whether they know who they are friending.
They work at becoming that child's friend and gaining trust which is known as the grooming process.
"It could continue for days or weeks before the pedophile begins bringing up sexual topics, asking for explicit pictures or for a personal meeting. A teacher happened to confiscate this girl's phone and noticed inappropriate text messages.
They are "mostly male, although we are seeing an alarming trend of female predators. A professional, upstanding in the community but leading a deviant lifestyle through the Internet." Parents need to pay attention to their children's online activity and take preventative measures to protect their children from online predators.
This can be prevented when parents "parent online" and "e-mentor".
I’ve been with my fiancé for a little over 2.5 years now. We’ve lived an hour apart for our entire relationship except for the past month or so, I’m in the middle of moving in.
The bad news is that according to FBI, "online predators are everywhere online," and are working hard to engage children online.
Predators aren't scary looking and don't stand out.