April 27th, 2011
National Cyber Safety Awareness Day Is May 17th
SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ -- As cyberbullying has become more frequent and increasingly vicious, the importance of educating parents about how to protect their kids is of paramount importance. National Cyber Safety Awareness Day on May 17th sheds light on this issue and promotes awareness of the online dangers facing children.
Facebook bullying victim: 'I kept crying the whole time'
ISSAQUAH, Wash. - A 12-year-old girl who was the victim of relentless cyberbullying on her Facebook page is speaking out about how the actions of two former friends turned her life upside down. Investigators say the former friends, two sixth-grade girls from Issaquah, now face criminal charges after cyberbullying a fellow classmate through Facebook.
Child Predator Unit arrests ex-trooper
HARRISBURG — A 61-year-old substitute high school teacher and retired Pennsylvania State Police sergeant has been arrested for allegedly using the Internet to allegedly arrange to have sex with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.The "girl" was actually an undercover agent working with the Child Predator Unit of the attorney general's office.
West Pottsgrove man pleads guilty to unlawful contact with minor
NORRISTOWN – A West Pottsgrove man potentially faces jail time now that he’s admitted to having unlawful Internet contact with who he believed was a 13-year-old girl, but in reality was an undercover detective.
LaVale man convicted in child sex offense case
BEDFORD, Pa. — After deliberating Monday for nearly five hours, a Bedford jury convicted Phillip Bell, 25, of LaVale, of two counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors.
Busted! Cops Nab #7
A Fargo man is in custody after police say he tried to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex in a mall parking lot. They say the "girl" Daniel Lee Thomas thought he met online was, in fact, a Fargo police officer working the Crimes against Children operation. The officers pose as kids in a variety of online chat sites to catch child predators.
Sexting Leads to an Increase in Sextortion
Statistics indicate that sextortion is on the increase in the U.S. This new form of blackmail involves people using nude images of others that were taken on cell phones, and using these to blackmail people. Teenagers who take nude images of themselves are always going to be at risk of sextortion, because they don’t want their teachers, school principal or parents to see these. That provides the person who has taken the picturesenough incentive to blackmail.
Consensual 'sexting' by teens can be criminal
Sexually explicit cell phone images of teens can lead to criminal charges for the sender and receiver, according to former DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan.“Parents are so out of touch," he said. "The technology available to our children is beyond our comprehension."