Ken Wooden said, "The only new one is the computer online lure. It's a variation of an old one where predators go to a playground and look for a loner. And then they would approach the kid with a very basic question. It's the same question when the kid's online."
"If somebody is asking your child about moments in your home, you need to sit down and talk to your child. Your child is in danger," said Wooden.
The on-line predator is interested in two things. First - getting some personal information - your child's name or address for example. Second - arranging a private, in-person meeting with your child.
Wooden said, "Maybe mom and dad are having too many fights. Maybe mom and dad are getting a divorce. Who knows? But it gives them a wedge to get into a kid's head. To get into the kid's insecurities. To get into the kid's fears. To become their friend."
Children who have agreed to meet with these predators have been beaten, robbed and even worse. Defense against this criminal is easy for parents and their children. Discuss both the good and bad moments in your home. Every home has their moments. Then teach your child to say no.
"If somebody wants to know where you live? No, no. If somebody wants to meet you? No, no. If somebody wants to know where you go to school? No, no," said Wooden.
Wooden explains that it's a good idea to be cautious of anyone who asks too many personal questions. It's best to set digital boundaries and think before sending, sharing, friending or meeting. Wooden said parents have a responsibility to be informed and familiar with all technology their kids are using and to monitor their electronic devices.