Phone apps are predators' new gateway, parents are warned
East-metro law enforcement leaders, sounding an alarm over the growing number of predatory internet crimes, issued an appeal Thursday to parents to step up inspections of their children’s activities on social media.
The prosecutors and sheriffs of Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties said technology has opened dark corners of the internet to more and more children whose vulnerability is being exploited for sex and for money.
“Every parent in America needs to be aware of social media. There are a lot of parents, unfortunately, who are clueless,” said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.