This sounds like a script that’s straight out of a television crime series: Middle-aged man poses as a young celebrity in attempt to solicit the attention of kids and teens online. The truth is sometimes stranger than fiction though, and this story demonstrates a good reason for parents to familiarize themselves with their children’s internet use. In the age of tablets, smartphones, and small screens, it’s become more difficult than ever to track online behavior.
Read on for the background behind this unnerving story as well as tips for teaching children and teenagers about safe internet use.
10. Over 900 Charges
A 42-year-old man has been charged with over 900 child sex offenses after he allegedly posed as Canadian singer Justin Bieber online. The Australian man was impersonating the pop star in order to obtain explicit images from internet users 16 years old and younger, according to the Queensland Police Service.