A young girl was only seeking a study buddy on an online platform, but instead, she was propositioned by men wanting to be her sex buddy.
The 13-year-old girl told The New Paper that men had started asking her if she would come around to the idea of having casual sex, but she told them she was not on line for that reason and blocked the men that would ask her.
The girl had said:
“I feel disgusted and tell my friends about the messages,”
Two other girls that had been on Reddit and Carousell had said they were also asked to have casual sex when on the search for a study buddy
In a poll, it was shown that it is quite normal for secondary and university students to search om sites looking for someone to pair up with and have a study partner.
Media Literacy Council member Anita Low-Lim said that looking for friends online poses some risks.
A senior director at Touch Community Services had said that it is increasingly more difficult to spot an online predator that is posing as a student in order to find his prey
“What may start as a harmless conversation about study habits or hobbies can lead to the predator making inappropriate requests, like asking to be ‘friends with benefits’ or requesting indecent pictures.”
Mrs. Low-Lim also said that students that are looking for a study buddy may unknowingly give out personal information or their emotional needs that can later be used against them
Madam Choy Wai Yin, director of guidance at the student development curriculum division at the Ministry of Education, said schools have been teaching students about the dangers of looking for online study buddies
“The online world is very much a part of our students’ daily lives and experiences, with the prevalence of social media and mobile devices.
“There is thus a need to raise awareness among students of the possible risks of interacting with and meeting strangers both online and offline.”
As part of character and citizenship education (CCE), students learn about personal and cyber safety, and how to protect themselves from sexual exploitation and abuse.
Lesson scenarios have been updated in recent years to include online risks such as the dangers of social networking and sexual grooming.
Madam Choy said the revised CCE curriculum for 2021 will teach students to recognize cyber risks, identify negative influences and inappropriate websites, among other things.