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

New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

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.

Already a subscriber? 

Dive deeper at $0.99/month

Want more exclusives, sharp insights into what's happening at home and abroad? Subscribe to stay informed.

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • 2-week e-paper archive so you never miss out on any topic that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

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