The Scary Truth About The Super Bowl, Airbnb & Sexual Predators?
No one wants to hear about sexual predators at Airbnb. Especially if it is at their own house or in their neighborhood. As a parent we know very well that we have to keep up to date with the latest technology and scams so we can protect our children. We know predators can live in our neighborhoods, work at the movie theater, and hunt our children on social media. Like most parents I thought I knew all the current traps for kids but like most parents, at the back of my mind I feel like they can always be one step ahead. Take what is going on now with Air B&B and child sexual predators. Did you know? Most don’t, and it is terrifying. I also found something that can help you keep your kids safe but let me get back to what I learned first about what is going in right now as parents NEED to know this.
Sexual Predators At Airbnb
According to Stop Child Predators, a nationwide non-profit group with goals to protect children, there are loopholes in the system to catch and stop sexual predators. Right now people will be flocking from all over the nation to Minnesota to watch attend the Super Bowl football game. Hotel and motel prices will be high and most booked solid. Some people that live nearby think it is a great idea to become an Airbnb host and have people in their house. The problem is this isn’t necessarily an empty house. Families with children in the home might be renting out a bedroom or two to strangers. There is no way, 100%, of knowing all the guests that come into the home and if they are a registered sex offender or have prior felony convictions. Some are checked by Airbnb for backgrounds but that doesn’t mean the person signing up doesn’t bring additional adult guests.
This applies to people hosting their house too. What if you bring your children to the Super Bowl and are in an Airbnb with the hosts living in the house at the same time. Do you know who they are? Are you letting your children sleep in a separate room, accessible to others, like in a community hallway?
Who Are The Strangers In Your Home?
The people you just let in your home might be people convicted of serious crimes, such as drug dealing, firearm charges, kidnapping charges, criminal history, etc. According to L.A. Times Airbnb does background checks but some slip through the cracks. People might be drinking prior to the football game or come back to the Airbnb after the game totally wasted. This might lead to lewd acts, indecent exposure and more. Not anything you want around your family or neighbors. There are many Airbnb horror stories on record.
This does not mean, at all, that all Airbnbs are bad or that all people are bad. There has been thousands of people with wonderful Airbnb experiences. It is a cheap way to couch surf, or stay the night in a room without having to pay hotel rates. There is also accommodations, like a kitchen, being able to do laundry and some times swimming pools. Some rent out the whole house, so it might be more comfortable and a lot quieter than a hotel with neighbors on each wall. Being cautions is the issue. Making sure you are taking all steps possible to protect your children from sexual predators at Airbnb. Especially as the flock to the Super Bowl in large groups. If you are thinking of using your house as an Airbnb, especially while you are home and have children in the house, look into what you can do to keep your family safe or reconsider having strangers in your home. For the sake of the children.
What Are Your Thoughts On Keeping Children Safe From Sexual Predators at Airbnb?