Hey, I was just wondering if you had any tips on identifying sexual predators? Specifically online and ones that might be targeted towards a 16 year old girl. This is why I'm asking: My dad plays in a band and has since long before I was born. It's kind of a family band, the leader is the dad (who is my adopted grandpa haha) and his three sons who are like my uncle's. Anyway, one of the sons (adopted uncle) and I have been talking more over Facebook. We never really talked much before, now its everyday. He usually just talks about the weather or sports.. except the couple of times that made me feel a little uncomfortable. The first time was when he asked me for my email. He said "and don't worry, I'm no sexual predator or anything." Just the fact that he said it was what worried me. The second time was yesterday when he asked if I have a computer in my room and if I have all this "fancy webcam stuff." I said no to both. I mean, am I being crazy here? Just sometimes the way he talks and acts makes me uncomfortable. But he's been like an uncle to me my whole life, so I don't really know what to think. That's why I'm asking for tips on how to identify a sexual predator, in case he has anymore of these "questions.."
TeenHealthFX thinks that there are definitely signs to look for and things to be aware of when it comes to protecting yourself from sexual predators, but the thing we really want you to pay attention to right now is your intuition. If your gut feeling is that something is off with this situation and that certain questions being asked by your “adopted uncle” feel inappropriate – it probably is. There can definitely be purpose to our fears and anxieties – they can act as warnings when there is potential danger so we can take any necessary steps to protect ourselves. If your gut is giving you a warning, FX thinks that it is important for you to take steps to make sure you stay safe:
For more information about recognizing the signs of a sexual predator, staying safe from sexual predators, and what to do it you think a sexual predator is trying to pursue you or has done something to harm you, you and your parents can read the following: