Thursday, 08 April 2021 13:12

State Police: A Warning for Parents and Kids

State Police: A Warning for Parents and Kids

NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Police want to warn New Yorkers, especially parents, following cases of teens being targeted by criminals while online.      

Investigators say the suspect(s) locate teen victims on social media, friending or following the teens, then gaining their trust. When trust is established, investigators say the suspects ask for photos and/or videos of the teen, usually provocative in nature. Once the videos are secured by these predators, they demand payment, sometimes thousands of dollars, or they threaten to release the images on social media. 

At least one case has resulted in a teen victim committing suicide.   

State Police offer the following internet safety tips, for teens, or anyone who goes online: 

For parents - talk to your children about going online and set rules about where and when they are surfing or chatting, and monitor your children’s social media accounts. 

For kids and teens: Be careful what you post. Never share personal information online. This includes full name, address, or phone number. Don’t accept friend requests from strangers.  Don’t open emails, click on links, or download anything from unknown senders. Never share photos online or through texts or direct message with people you don’t know.  If you, or someone you know is having thoughts of harming yourself, talk to someone who can help.

If you feel you have been a victim of this type of crime, contact your local police. 

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