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Your Child Is a Target 24/7 on Internet Devices

Your Child Is a Target 24/7 on Internet Devices
Marcel De Grijs | Dreamstime

By    |   Saturday, 07 October 2017 09:00 AM

Two names parents of children under the age of 18 need to know and need to know right now: Snapchat and Kik. Those are the two favorite social media applications for online predators. WNNC interviewed Lincolnton, North Carolina, police Detective Brent Heavner who was part of a mass child predator bust conducted in the Charlotte area.

According to Heavner, one in five children are being targeted online at any given moment. “The stuff goes on like you would not believe,” Heavner said. “Parents are naïve to this. I'm telling you it's real, it's happening every day, every single day, every minute of the day.”

The detective echoes advice I’ve been giving for years regarding your children and computers. Allowing your child to have an unmonitored internet connection in his or her bedroom is the equivalent of allowing an open sewer line in your child’s bedroom.

Heavner warns, “I would advise no phones or tablets or computers in the child's bedroom. Parents need to be aware that this is really happening. It’s getting worse.”

Computers should be confined to the family room where your child’s online life can be monitored. Sure they will complain. They’ll assure you Jamie’s parents let him install an entire bank of computers in his room and everything is fine.

Only it’s not. An unmonitored internet connection is an unlocked door into your child’s mind. In the Lincolnton bust, the police found 20 percent of the children were trapped by “sextortion” and were pressured into sending explicit photos to predators. And in turn these anonymous predators can be anyone.

In Seattle parents have learned one of the predators was Mayor Ed Murray. The mayor wasn’t able to exploit underage children using Snapchat and Kik because at the time of his offenses the internet hadn’t been invented.

Instead Mayor Murray was more of a “hands–on” kinda guy. So far he’s been accused of abuse by a total of five people. Fox News reports the most recent was a younger cousin that just came forward and said Murray repeatedly abused him in the 70’s.

The cousin said the incidents occurred when he was 13, while Murray, who was then in his early 20s, shared a bedroom with him.

"There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn't want him touching me," he told the Seattle Times.

All the other individuals claiming abuse were also men.

Murray attempted to escape the spotlight by resigning as mayor, but that doesn’t let him off the hook as far as his cousin is concerned. He wants Murray punished.

It’s certain the victims, if the allegations are true, were punished. Just as the victims in Lincolnton were punished.

That’s why parents have to pay attention and be aware of who is hanging around their children and what their children are up to online. The stakes are too high for complacency.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Computers should be confined to the family room where your child’s online life can be monitored.
internet, child safety, parenting
Saturday, 07 October 2017 09:00 AM
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