Still, that might not be a sign of a serious problem, but of your child’s desire to maintain privacy while chatting with other kids.
Millions of children engage in chat and instant messaging every day and the overwhelming majority are not victimized.
Next comes private chat via an instant message service followed by e-mail, phone conversations and, finally, a face-to-face meeting.
Predators like to go after kids who tend to express agreement in chat rooms but not say a lot because they know that these kids are vulnerable.
It sometimes takes months to turn a contact from a chat room into a sexual victim.