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Sexual Predators Targeting Kids Through Smart Phone Apps

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Most teens today hardly ever look up from their smart phones since they are constantly using them to connect with friends.

However sharing personal information online can be dangerous. The Sex Crimes Unit of the Great Falls Police Department warns that many sexual predators are now using mobile apps to find victims.

"There has been a big increase in smart phone use in general. Specifically we have seen predators using different texting apps and of course social media," says SVU Detective Jesse Slaughter.

The vast abilities that come with smart phones make it difficult for parents to supervise their children, but the principal of Great Falls Central Catholic High School, Vickie Donisthorpe, says there are things parents can do to keep kids safe.

"Parents need to be actively involved. They can be awesome engines for gathering information or keeping up with friends. There is a lot of good that goes on with our social networking. It just needs to be done right. Kids need to be trained. It is very doable that it can be done right."

Donisthorpe adds the school is also doing their part to monitor kids and teach them how to safely network on social media.

"We train our students about cell phone use and computer use. They sign off on a professional clause and the kids have to complete that training."

Turning on privacy settings for apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are great ways to make sure you and your child know who can see what they are posting on social media.

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