The following is a powerful but chilling Instagram video that serves as a grave reminder of the need to be vigilant about the use of social media by young people.
The video is disturbing. It provides valuable insight into the dangers that are just a few clicks away. We often think our children are safe but sadly our children can be preyed on and abused by perpetrators from anywhere in the world.
This video, although an American production applies to us all. We urge you to watch and consider the potential dangers in your own home.
About the video:
A 37-year old mother goes undercover as an 11-year old girl to expose the dangers facing kids on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and Kik. Left unsupervised, young children can be exposed to online predators, grooming, and psychological abuse within minutes.
Our challenge is to help parents and schools understand this new reality. But how do we tell stories without asking families to divulge too much? We started this project to explain online grooming to a generation who didn’t grow up with this danger.