Stranger danger online

Watch out for online grooming - almost one in five children aged eight to 12 has met online strangers in real life or received unwanted online contact of a sexual nature

Jessica (not her real name) was 14 when an older stranger sent her a friend request on Facebook.

She did not think much of it at the time, only too happy to add another person to her growing friend count.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2020, with the headline 'Stranger danger online'. Print Edition | Subscribe