A 30-year-old man raped his kids’ 16-year-old babysitter. Before going on trial for the crime, he set up a fake Facebook profile and used it to lure his victim into a meeting. He kidnapped her, shot her twice, and stepped on her neck until she died.
This serves as a brutal reminder that there are sick and twisted individuals who use social media. Some are dangerously mentally ill. Others are predators, psychopaths or sociopaths who troll for their victims online.
When social networking, it’s important to keep your home address and other key personal facts private. Don’t post locations that make it easy for someone stalking you to find out where you live or work. And if you have minor children, even teenagers, monitor their social media use and warn them against the dangers of meeting anyone in person who they met online.