A worldwide phenomenon in today’s day and age are younger children and adolescents addicted to smart devices. This can range from smartphones, high-tech video games, Ipads, apple watches, etc. But it boils down to the question, do we really know who is behind the screens playing with these kids? My brother is 12 years old and one thing he really loves right now is his VR, virtual reality. He is constantly in his own world, yelling, screaming, and laughing as he plays with his “friends.” One night my family and I overheard what sounded like an older man and my brother talking. We paused the TV to hear a little better and sure enough, we heard an older man’s voice. We immediately asked him what friend he was playing with and he couldn’t give us a name, he just said it was his friend. We told him to stop playing with him and to get off the VR so we could figure out what was happening. Ultimately, we discovered this was an older man and we, especially me, just got very uncomfortable and freaked out cause I was questioning why this older man was playing with 12 year olds. I know so many guys older than 18 play video games and the fact that this individual decided to play with and was okay playing with children.
You hear cases all the time where women but mostly older men are playing with these children and one day ask them to meet in person. Of course we assume their intentions as we tend to know their ill mentality. These creeps are in their own little world, in their own creative imagination as they really believe it’s okay to want to see and meet these youths. Their actions hold so much emotional power towards the parents and guardians of these children. Many times, kids are unsupervised and can play with these older people so often, that most of the time, parents are completely unaware and that is a scary thought.
This kind of behavior has even made it to the movie screens and on TV shows demonstrating how clueless children and parents can be to these types of individuals. The purpose of these movies is to educate children, but mostly guardians to always be aware of their children’s friends and make sure they are who they actually say they are.