A Rockville, Maryland, man faces up to 10 years in prison after he entered a guilty plea on multiple charges related to child pornography, federal prosecutors said.
Fairfax County music teacher Ryan Pick thought he was soliciting a 12-year-old girl, when it was really an investigator, court documents say. He faces multiple charges of sex offense against children.
Police said the suspects pretended to be a female on the Kik messaging app and demanded money from their victim.
Montgomery County Police have charged a 31-year-old man with sex offenses against a juvenile, and investigators worry there might be more victims.
While parents may have access to their children’s cellphones through a passcode or fingerprint, most still struggle to explain what their kids are doing on their phones.
The Virginia Tech student accused of killing 13-year-old Nicole Lovell had communicated with her using the screen name “Dr_Tombstone” on the anonymous social messaging app Kik, police records show.
The D.C. police department relies on text messages and social media to connect with younger city residents.
Protecting children from the modern dangers of Internet predators starts at home when children are very young, says parenting blogger Leslie Morgan Steiner.
The Blacksburg, Virginia teen found dead in North Carolina had been using the messaging app Kik. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says parents may not be aware of the anonymous apps that are becoming a favorite way for young people to communicate with friends and strangers.
Facebook accounts are so prevalent that the social media giant brags
about its 1.1 billion users worldwide. But, the social media giant admits its
seeing a decrease in daily usage among teens.
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