When you see a fin cutting through the waves, you know a predator is looking for a victim. But unlike sharks, human predators are not as easy to spot.
This is how one tried to ensnare Kate (name changed to protect her identity), who is 12 years old. She, like her peers, cannot do without social media.
And social media draws predators like moths to flames. Sure enough, Kate met a “friend”, who claimed to be her age.
But then this “friend” kept sending her pornographic content Fortunately, her parents discovered it in time, which could have prevented something more serious from happening, said her counsellor.
Ms Frances Yeo, psychologist at Thomson Medical Centre, treated Kate.
She said although Kate had communicated with the stranger, she had been wise enough not to reveal her identity.
While children these days seem more savvy, counsellors The New Paper spoke to said children are still vulnerable to strangers.
These are the tactics paedophiles use to catch their prey:
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