A dramatic social experiment aims to shed light on the dangers of teens meeting strangers on social media.
“How easy is it for a pedophile to pick up an underage child using social media?” Coby Persin asks in a video that’s been viewed more than 11 million times in two days. He sets out to answer that question by adding three girls, ages 12, 13 and 14, as friends on Facebook.
With permission from the girls’ parents, Persin, 22, poses as a 15-year-old boy and chats online with the teens. The unsuspecting girls each agree to meet Persin, either by sneaking out of the house or waiting for their parents to go to sleep.
It’s quickly revealed that the parents are in on the experiment when each girl shows up to meet Persin. One set of parents even pretended to be “abductors” in the experiment and grabbed their unsuspecting daughter when she got in the stranger’s van.
The parents were shocked and outraged to watch how easy it was for a total stranger to lure their child into a potentially dangerous situation.
The video is making waves online as some people call it a ‘must-watch’ for any parent of a teenager. Others have criticized the experiment, saying a parent shouldn’t have a hand in orchestrating such a harsh scare tactic.
The video ends by saying there are over 750,000 registered child predators in the United States and urging parents to “keep your kids safe.”
Persin has reportedly said he plans to do a similar experiment in which teen boys are learning the lesson.