Risks don’t deter predators – what you can do to keep your kids safe online…

Two stories that look at online predators and what we can do as parents to keep our kids safe online… (HINT: PC Pandora computer monitoring software)

This first one spells it out plain and simple: predators know the risks and they don’t care. Read about an example in this story that was ready to kill himself if caught…

August 25, 2013
Risks don’t deter child predators
By Lori Kurtzman, he Columbus Dispatch

He’d set a large knife on the passenger seat, just in case. The man was driving from Michigan, lured by the possibility of sex with two young children, and he knew the risks.

So when he arrived at the arranged destination, and when the officers ordered him out of his vehicle, the man dived for his knife.

He later admitted that he’d brought it to kill himself, said Sgt. Dan Johnson of the Franklin County sheriff’s office. Well aware that his fantasy might be interrupted by law-enforcement officers, the man decided that it was worth it anyway. And he was willing to die if things went wrong.

This strong compulsion is why, despite TV shows like NBC’s To Catch a Predator — in which men showed up at homes expecting sexual encounters with underage boys and girls and instead found a TV crew and law-enforcement officers waiting — officials say they’ve seen no drop in the number of people using the Internet to arrange trysts with minors. [READ FULL STORY]

This is just a good general article based on a speech by Detective Ray Drew of the Cobb County Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit

August 25, 2013
Cobb County police warn of online sex predators
By Rachel Miller, The Marietta Daily Journal

MARIETTA — The Cobb County Police Department gave residents some shocking facts at a Thursday seminar about the access sexual predators have to Georgia’s youth.

The talk, at the Safety Village on Al Bishop Drive in southwest Marietta, was meant to be for mature audiences and not suitable for young children, but of the 80 people who attended the discussion, half of them were teens and school-age children.

According to statistics presented at the seminar, 78 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 have a cellphone, with almost half of those devices being a smartphone that can access the Internet.

Leah Mentre, 16, attended the talk with her father, Bryan Mentre of Marietta. Leah said she is on her smartphone whenever she is not in school.

Bryan Mentre said he started discussing online security measures with Leah almost a year ago, and hopes they can share information from the seminar with other parents and students at Leah’s school.

One of the first steps Detective Ray Drew, of the Internet Crimes Against Children unit, said is to have a strategy for children’s online communication. He said instilling caution in children is key.

Drew said he has been involved in many police sting operations after trolling the Internet posing as a 13-year-old girl. One of his fake profiles on Facebook has 594 friends. [READ FULL STORY]

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