I actually thought there was hope for this video until the very end of the first scenario. If the father hadn’t immediately raged on his daughter, I think a good strong point would have been made. When he later hugged her and said they had to talk, I had a modicum of hope that he might actually be a pretty good guy that got caught up in the moment.

Then the next two videos got worse and worse and I just shuddered.

I’m sorely conflicted on this because I’m not sure that the same video using a much gentler approach wouldn’t actually be effective (at least for the kid in question).

The ugly truth is, no matter how well you teach your kids, this is the kind of thing they are likely to do. Part of it is because they are teenagers (thus rebellious and stupid) and part of it is because they don’t really believe that they can be tricked. The same reason that people still fall for the Nigerian Prince scam is basically the reason that kids (and adults) fall for fake Facebook identities (and dating site identities, etc.).

If this ploy was done in the right way, I think you could really convince some kids that, no matter how internet savvy they think they are, they can be tricked by a scam artist that is trying to hurt them in some way (physically, mentally, socially, sexually, financially, etc.). Pulling them into a rape van and giving them a heart attack is NOT the right way.