Like many young kids, Kacie Woody had an active online life in 2002 but the ‘friends’ she was meeting online turned out not to be friends at all. Kacie’s story is a cautionary tale that her dad and best friend still champion for, to warn against the dangers of the internet.
Listen to Episode 74
The Kacie Woody Foundation was set up by her dad and friend you can learn more about it here.
Signs of Online Predators
Here are just a few signs to look out for when identifying an online predator:
Online predators sound nice
Contrary to what most people think, online predators actually sound very nice online. The most dangerous ones don’t sound fake at all, and they actually have real conversations with teenagers in a non-threatening environment, whether it be on social media or an online chat room.
Online predators already know things about you
There may be things they tell you about yourself that you know you didn’t tell them. This might be through the things you post on social media, for example.
Online predators always agree with you
No matter what you say, they feel the exact same way about everything you say. They do this because they want to gain your complete trust.
These are only a few signs of an online predator. Visit these sites for more signs and information:
- Age, Sex, Location – Web of Lies on Investigation Discovery
- Caught in the Web Series by Cathy Frye
- Kacie Woody Foundation
- Child Abduction and Kidnapping by Susan O’Brien
- 20 Early Signs to Recognize Online Predators
- Predator 101 – Warning Signs
- Kidnap Suspect Kills Girl, 13, Self
- FBI scours ex-home of San Diego man who killed girl, self in Arkansas