A shocking video has shown parents just how easy it is for their children to be lured by strangers they meet online.
Coby Persin, a 21-year-old from New Jersey, was behind the video.
“I made a fake profile on Facebook posing as a 15-year-old boy. With the parents’ permission, I friend requested the girls,” he told INSIDE EDITION.
"Most of them say a generic thing, like, 'Oh, I don't know you, why are you talking to me?' And I'll be like, 'I just moved to your town and I'm just trying to make friends."
The video shows three scenarios. In one, a 13-year-old girl agrees to meet Persin in a park.
She texted him: "My parents just left. I can be at the park in 10 minutes."
Unbeknownst to the girl, her dad was waiting with Persin.
"Are you crazy? Are you out of your mind?" he dad screamed as she apologized.
In another case, a dad was sure his 12-year-old daughter knew about the dangers of speaking with strangers. He joined Persin, who had asked the girl to come to the door.
“God, I hope she doesn't open that door,” the dad said - but she did.
"You're 12 years old!" he yelled.
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And in the last scenario, parents waited in a van. They were sure their 14-year-old daughter would not get inside the vehicle to meet Persin.
But the daughter showed up, and they immediately grabbed her.
"What are you thinking?" said the mom.
Was Persin afraid the young girls might be traumatized?
“Whatever trauma they had, in a real-life situation, it would have been 100 times worse,” he said.
Lyss Stern, CEO of DivaMoms.com, told INSIDE EDITION: "My immediate reaction to this video was that it was scary. but at the same time, I thought it was amazing and I think that children, teens and tweens everywhere need to watch this video."
There are skeptics. Some think it's all a set-up, with the kids even being in on the act.
One online comment read: “I think this was all staged, the people are actors, but this is a good message.”
Persin said it's all real, and he just wanted to teach kids a lesson. So far, more than 25 million people have seen the video.
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