Social media is a great tool for connecting with friends and staying in touch with family. However, when you look at someone’s friend list, it’s a common sight to see people on the list that they have never met before. Young people are especially guilty of this social media infraction. They often accept friend requests from people they have never met without thinking of the consequences. These days, it’s important to talk to your kids about the dangers of social media—especially the dangers of connecting with a stranger. That person might be who they claim to be, but they could also be a predator. It seems like young females hear this message quite frequently, but it’s important for young males to practice social media safety as well! In order to show that young males are just as susceptible to online predators as females, Coby Persin went undercover as a teenage girl and contacted three teenage boys with the permission of their parents. Only 24 hours after connecting with the boys, Coby invited them to hang out, and surprisingly, they accepted. These boys had no idea that the person waiting for them would not be “Amanda” the teenage girl, but Coby and their parents!
This is not the first time Coby has gone undercover to give young teens and their parents an important lesson about the dangers of social media. In the first video, Coby pretended to be a teenage boy and lured young girls he had met online (with the consent of their parents). It’s incredibly infuriating to watch these videos and see these teens making such bad decisions. Their parents have talked to them about the dangers of social media, but still, they agree to meet up with a total stranger only 24 hours after connecting with them online.