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Hi all, I am asking my favorite group of professionals for some assistance.

I am working on some materials and have decided that I am going to do away
with the term "online predator." There are so many misunderstandings
associated with this term, I think it is time to retire it.

However, there are people who are using electronic technologies to convince
(groom) teens into having sex that is not in the context of a committed
relationship. These may be strangers or acquaintances. They may be adults,
young adults, or older teens.

I need a word to describe these people. To be more specific, I need a word
that I can put into a document that will be reproduced for school. My 15 YO
daughter provided me with a number of words that are quite applicable IMHO -
just not appropriate in a school setting. ;-) If you have any handy-dandy
teens around who you could ask, this would be helpful.

I have used the word "creep." I think this is a word many teens use. Is it
specific enough? I do not think so. Perhaps "sexual creep." Someone
suggested "sexual corrupter." Has a good meaning - but perhaps too much
education necessary. "Sexual abuser?"

So, what would you call someone who seeks to convince a teen to engage in
sex outside of any committed relationship?

Please respond privately. I will let you know my selection. Thanks in

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social
Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press)

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass)

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