A new video that has gotten more than 1.8 million views since it was posted to You Tube on Monday is intended to show just how willing teenage girls are to meet a stranger with whom they’ve only communicated online.
“I asked the parents, ‘have you talked to your kids about not talking to strangers? “They all said yes.”Persin says he communicated with a few girls who seemed like they wouldn’t fall for the hoax, and therefore didn’t pursue those connections.
As for the three that did meet him, Persin says they realized their mistake immediately.
“There’s one girl who is screaming for her life, she was so scared she couldn’t even talk,” he says, referring to the final girl in the video, who got into his van and was immediately grabbed as if she was being abducted.
The moms and dads yell at the girls, screaming about the dangers of going off with strange men, and about their fear at seeing their children make bad decisions.
STORY: 5 Myths and Truths About Kids’ Internet Safety To find the subjects in the video, Persin says he placed a Craigslist ad looking for parents of kids who spend a ton of time on social media.
He told all parents his intentions, and in each case they agreed to let Persin try to lure in their daughter.None of the parents actually thought their kid would go through with the meeting, Persin says.“I always get my ideas from real life, so I made this video because I wanted to spread awareness.”STORY: Here’s What Experts Had to Say About That Viral Child-Abduction Video In the video, 21-year-old Persin, with permission from each teen’s parents, connects with three different girls via Facebook.He communicates with each girl over the course of three days to a week before suggesting they meet in person.With the cameras rolling, he comes face to face with the three girls.But also present at those meetings are the girls’ parents, who react harshly to seeing their daughters so willingly meet a stranger.