There are numerous versions of software on the market which enable the user to track others online by their screen name, email header information, chat room profile information, or simply by asking for it.
There are also easy ways to find others with just pieces of information; the name of a school, the state in which a child’s school is located, the name of their team, their last name or their parent’s place of employment. All these ‘clues’ are recorded and logged by those who prey upon children. Even if it takes months to get ‘tidbits’ of information from a child, when it’s all combined, it becomes a simple task to track them down. Let’s not rule out the easiest way of a pedophile finding a child; the child gives them the information they ask for without realizing they are putting themselves in jeopardy.