Medford Police PSA on Kids and Cell Phones
In case you were not aware, kids are not always communicating with each other via text messaging or voice calls. They are using apps to do this. They do this for various reasons but it is basically like a social media site as an app, with no parental oversight. The common apps are Instagram, Snapchat, Kik Messenger, TextPlus and TextFree, just to name a few. Snapchat for example allows photos and messages to be exchanged which will be displayed for only 10 seconds. Now you may ask yourself in this age of sexting, why would so many children gravitate towards this app? It's a scary thought. Other apps such as Kik are for adults only yet we often see these apps on kid's cell phones.
If you were a child sexual predator, where do you think you would go to interact with kids and exchange pictures? Sex offenders can say they are any age and add any picture. We have seen this happen and believe it occurs much more than we are aware of.
So if you are a parent and your child has a phone, which most do, please consider taking the time to either look at their apps or have a conversation with them. Also, make sure the parental controls are "on" so they cannot download adult type apps.
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