Dangers online dating romance
Other young ones have unwittingly become involved with sexual predators.
These vile people first “groom” a prospective victim, building trust through friendly on-line chat.
Some of the dangers are related to an important Bible principle.
The apostle Paul wrote: “We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things.” (Hebrews ) Now, this is not to suggest that it is dishonest to use the Internet or even that using the Internet will make you dishonest.
According to one study, “one-in-five kids who uses the Internet has been solicited for sex.” One newspaper also stated that 1 child in 33 between ages 10 and 17 were “aggressively stalked” through computer conversations.
Such a courtship can lead to a truly happy marriage.
And what dangers does this present to those who are looking for romance?
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing A father named Michael was alarmed to learn at a seminar that a large proportion of children disobey parental rules against visiting dangerous Web sites.
As the preceding article in this series discussed, Internet romances may blossom quickly, but they often wither when reality sets in.* Still, there is a greater cause for concern than mere disappointment.
“On the Internet, you may not actually know who the other person is.”—Dan, 17.* “People can lie on the Internet. INTERNET dating continues to grow in popularity worldwide.