Daughter's response to all questionable persons talking to her online, since age 8:
"I don't talk to paedophiles. Get lost, pervert." *block*
This said, there was a guy on FB who she was sweet on last year (she's nearly 14 now) who was much older. Not creepy, just older. She had no intention of meeting or giving out details.. but she liked to chat, he was kind of cute.. etc., I understand the crush. But what was good was that she came to me
to discuss it. We had a Very Long Talk
, and she
decided that the age difference (he was 18 or so) was too great even to be friends comfortably. So she apologised to him and then blocked him.
She got the talk at about.. age 7. But already knew it all! Kids at school talk.. Also, there's bulk online safety info given out at school here (worded a lot more nicely than my version, but still.. ). I have never cushioned her from anything, never spoken to her like a baby or assumed she cannot understand things. I believe I can trust my daughter to survive the teenaged years without being molested via her own ignorance/stupidity.
How a 10 year old does NOT know about those dangers is beyond me. It really is. Cotton-wooling your kids is a great way to make sure they get a pile of short, sharp shocks when they enter the 'real' world and nobody on this earth will gettum a dwinky winky.
Have her parents read those websites where the cops who catch online predators pretend to be kids and log it all.. all the 'grooming' the pedos do, the lies they tell.. It's truly shocking. Hopefully eye-opening.