From a parent of a teenage Instagram user:
“I found out that my daughter had made her Instagram account public – that she had over four hundred followers – many of whom were outside of her age range and very inappropriate for her to be making contact with, strangers who she didn’t know,” she said. All had access to her pictures. Several were making comments like “you’re so pretty” and engaging in conversation.
She immediately deleted the contacts and locked down the account.
“There are people with fake profiles so you don’t know who you are connecting with or who you are friends with or who you are liking,” said Dr. Laura Umfer.
Umfer said the predatory mind tries to make contact on all digital platforms.
“If they see something on Instagram, then they are going to go track that person on Facebook,” she said. “Are they tweeting things? And they are going to size this person’s personality and say is this an easy target for me or not.”
This story has a happy ending thanks to a mom who makes a habit of checking in on her daughter’s digital life.
[This is the most important point to the article! Parents, please be aware about technology and how it affects your kids’ safety.]
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