I found an
article written by a woman who pretended to be 11 year old girl online for 7
days, and it has a lot of descriptions of online sexual abuse of minors, but
with the right point of view; minors cannot consent and have no agency in being
sexually abused online, and it’s on adults to protect them from ever being put
in the danger of becoming a target of predator. I’m going to post a link
because I want all my underage followers to know how predators online talk, what
they will say and demand of you, and to recognize on spot when someone is
trying to sexually abuse you. If anyone has ever talked to you in this way
online, if you recognize any of that behavior in someone you chat with, you
should know that what they’re doing is illegal and a crime against you. You are
more than allowed to shut that conversation down and block the predators, and
if you can, report them. Nothing that happened in those conversations is
remotely your fault, and just the fact that you were exposed to something like
that means this world has failed you.
Here’s the article.
The article is extremely disturbing. The woman posted a completely innocent, non-sexual selfie to instagram (posing as the 11-year-old) and without doing anything else, was getting messages from adult men within minutes and several completely unsolicited dick picks within a couple of hours. And when she starts chatting with some of the men it gets way worse way faster than I expected. I honestly expected something like this to happen over the course of at least a few days or weeks of building things up, but no - after just a few minutes of chatting, one guy is explaining to her what a blow job is and another sends her a dirty video of himself.
This woman is doing this as part of a company, Bark, that creates software that monitors kids’ online interactions for signs of predation (as well as cyberbullying, depression, and other stuff), so that instead of not allowing your kid to have any online privacy, you can just check when there’s something potentially concerning. They use these sessions to gather data to train their algorithm to detect grooming behavior, plus they report all the men involved to law enforcement.
Anyhow, they have a free version of Bark for schools, and I’m going to seriously consider suggesting it to my kid’s school.