When Facebook was first introduced to the world, it was a new and exciting way to connect with friends and family. For me, it was the perfect way to keep in touch with friends I was missing from home — but like most teens, I never really got the “stay safe online” lecture from my parents. Like many teens, my parents trusted me, and trusted me to make smart decisions online. However, when you’re a teenager on Facebook — or any social media for that matter, you don’t always think things through. The most common social media infraction that most teens make is connecting with people they don’t know.
In this video, YouTuber, Coby Persin, creates a social experiment to show just how dangerous it can be to “friend” a stranger online. With the permission of three teenage girl’s parents, he sends the girls a friend request posing as a 15 year old boy who just moved to their town. Not only do these girls accept his request and chat with him, but they also agree to meet up with a complete stranger. The girls parents were shocked to see that their daughters would give out their address and meet up with a stranger — they didn’t believe it was possible! This is something that everyone needs to see. You never know who that 15 year old boy might really be!