Growing up we all were told not to talk to strangers. But what exactly does this mean for children of today who spend a lot of time on social media? Where do we draw the line?
YouTuber Coby Persin is back with a pretty shocking social experiment and it left us feeling uneasy.
Prior to shooting the video, Persin created a fake profile on Facebook pretending to be a 15-year-old boy.
With their parents' permission, he friended three girls, aged 12, 13 and 14.
He then spent several days chatting with them online...
... eventually suggesting them to meet up.
"Do you think she's going to go through with this?" Persin asks the parents of one of the girls.
"Absolutely not," her mom answers. "I don't even believe that's her."
Sadly, the parents of these three girls were quickly proven wrong...
From inviting a complete stranger home...
... to getting into his car, all three girls fell for the setup.
"What would have happened if you came out and it wasn't us sitting here? And there were really crazy people back here?" the mother of one the girls confronts her daughter after she gets into Persin's van. "We watched movies together, we looked at newspaper articles and the news about all this. All these things are real life situations that have happened."
One course could argue that some elements of the video were extreme and unnecessary, like the parents wearing masks to "teach their daughter a lesson." But the setup itself conveys the dangers of social media.
In any case, there's no way this video will leave you at ease. It's an important topic and needs to be addressed more frequently.
Watch the entire video below.
(H/T: Design Taxi)