LOWNDES COUNTY, Mississippi (WCBI) — The recent arrest of a Starkville man for trying to trick an 11-year-old child into sending sexually explicit photos shines a light on the use of apps by sexual predators.
The internet and smartphone portability can be a dangerous combination.
Predators can hide behind false identities, tricking children into thinking they are talking to other people their age. This, coupled with some parents’ lack of knowledge about the *latest* apps available, can create some concerning situations.
Investigators, like Lt. Tony Cooper, who are handling these cases, say it’s important to track the children’s movements online and in real life.
Like most other youth fads, new apps pop up regularly and kids leave the old ones behind.
“As the children move, so do the predators. Once the predators know where the kids are, they switch to this app. And as the kids move, the predators move, it’s up to us to try to stay on top if that, and where these people are going from, ”said Lt. Tony Cooper, of the Sheriff’s Department of Lowndes County.
Cooper recommends apps like Net Nanny, Our Pact, and Norton Family to track your child’s internet activity.