Internet Safety: KSP Offer Parents Tips To Keep Their Kids Safe

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 10/23/2013 6:19 pm
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Lexington Police accuse a 32-year-old man of using Facebook to try to have sex with a 14-year-old. 

Police say the man didn't know who was reading his Facebook messages.

Police say Huston Young became friends with a teenage girl.  It turns out, the teen's mother had access to the account.

Police say Young sent sexually explicit messages to the girl, not knowing the mother was reading them.

The mother called 911, and police arrested Young.

Police say Young admitted to sending the messages, and admitted to knowing the girl was a minor. 

KSP's Electronic Crimes Branch says it has more work than it can investigate.

In 2012, State Police arrested 84 people for internet crimes against children.  A State Police detective says if a child feels uncomfortable about a message, or a friend request, he, or she should go to Mom and Dad.

"An open line of communication between friends and kids is the best defense," said Detective Josh Lawson, KSP Electronic Crimes Branch.

Lawson says the rule don't talk to strangers extends to social media.

"If you have not met than person in real life, if you've not shaken that person's hand, there's no reason for you to be friends with them on Facebook," said Lawson.

Lawson says parents should only be friends with their child, but also know their password.

"There's any number of privacy settings and changes that kids can make.  They know Facebook, and know the internet better than their parents. 

In this case it worked. 

Police say the child's Mom saw Young's messages, and called police. 

State Police say if a parent is suspicious about a person, and the listed age doesn't match the picture, then that's reason enough to call them.
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