The online world is vast. And one of the best ways to safeguard children is to limit their access to people they don’t know, authorities said.
Children should not have contact with strangers online and should never give out their passwords or account information. They also need to be wary of posting photographs or information with identifiers, such as where they live or go to school, and they should avoid “sexting,” which Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sgt. David Kohler said happens all too frequently.
Children often are “friends” with people on social media whom they don’t really know well, Kohler said.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s NetSmartz program (netsmartz411.org) advises parents to “talk with children about the potential risks of communicating with adults they do not know and trust in real life,” and to consider taking their phones
The message came from a high school friend: “Have you seen this? This is seriously messed up.”
When Tyler Crews clicked on the link, what she found was “sickening,” she said: nude and semi-nude photos of girls she had grown up with in Bedford – the kind of photos teen girls send to their boyfriends, never imagining they could end up posted online someday.
But there’s a shadowy website where users, apparently mostly men, post and request sexual images of young women – they call them “wins.” They trade images of former classmates the way previous generations of boys traded baseball cards.
There’s a “catalog” where you can search for girls from particular high schools, and there
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5 PM UPDATE: Today’s search did not turn up ‘items of interest’
“I am overwhelmed by the amazing response today.”
Onslow Sheriff Hans Miller opened Friday afternoon’s press conference by thanking the 730 total volunteers who came out to search for missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods on Friday morning. He said the number of people who showed up was “phenomenal.”
Unfortunately, although there were items tagged as being “of interest” by the volunteers, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Stanley Meador said it doesn’t appear any of the items found are related to Mariah’s case. They are still sending the items to be processed and looked at, Meador added.