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Experts believe more than 40 per cent of female Facebook users are victims of such crimes in India. Criminals are copying and saving pictures of female users on social media.
They are using pictures of attractive women to entice users to connect on sex chats.
Parents who do not spend a lot of time online might be excused for overlooking the national epidemic of online sexual predators who troll Internet chat rooms for underage victims.
Dateline’s recent series, “To Catch a Predator,” was an important wake-up call for many of those non-tech savvy adults, because it took this crisis off the Web and into living rooms around the country, making the threat of online pedophiles terrifyingly real. It has been estimated that, at any given moment, 50,000 predators are on the Internet, luring youngsters into dangerous situations.
Recent studies show: When surfing the Web, IMing friends, entering chat rooms with peers or even researching for school projects, parents must make sure their kids are protected from exposure to inappropriate Web sites, identity theft scams, sexual chat room predators, and countless other threats that anyone faces online.