PATTONVILLE, MO (KTVI)-- The new way for sexual predators to target kids is through applications on their phones and iPads that many parents haven't even heard of. St. Louis County police get two to three calls a week from parents who have found conversations between their children and strangers and suspect it's not only inappropriate but criminal.
Teenagers will tell you they know more about computers and cell phones than most parents. One group we spoke with from Pattonville High School admit their parents probably wouldn't know how to navigate through their phone and check their social media apps. None of them have experiences any problems and seem to be very cautious about communicating or friending people they've never met. New social media apps allow strangers to communicate with your child. The main ones police are tracking are Kik, Skype, Twitter, Bendr and Snap Chat. There are even apps to hide apps. Police recommend parents always open each app on the phone to see what it actually is.
Police recommend parents have your teen friend you, share passwords, check their profile and settings. Don't allow them to post their birthdate, address or their location. But the most important thing is to talk with your child about what they're doing on their phones.
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