Scott kept an eye on his daughter, knowing he was more aware of the dangers of the online world than his child. “[Children today] really do not understand how social media networks spread over the entire world, and with that come serious threats if not monitored,” he wrote in a post for a leading online parenting website.
G’s circle of online friends included a group of girls that would chat every single day. But there was also one boy, 15-year-old Bruce, who had befriended them all, too. At face value Bruce appeared exactly the same as any other 15-year-old boy, according to Scott.
Once he became part of G’s circle of friends, Bruce started involving some of his own buddies, too. The online clan chatted through popular apps like Kik and Instagram; at the same time, though, G started communicating differently with her family. “She was becoming secretive and sneaky,” her father observed.