Illinois State Police with a warning involving teens’ cell phone use

Illinois State Police with a warning involving teens’ cell phone use

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Illinois State Police warning parents to keep a close eye on their teenagers’ cell phone use. Trooper Jason Wilson has been talking to kids and parents about the dangers of online predators who take advantage of teens via their phones.

Wilson encourages parents to get apps that give them full access to their kids’ phones and that while they may trust their child, it’s not hard for kids as young as 12 and 13 years old to become targets of online predators. Some of the dangers include sexting which can lead to ‘sextortion’ where predators request photos and videos via social media apps and then use those photos to extort more extreme activities.