If you walk in your kid’s bedroom and they immediately either slam the computer down or change the screen, and minimize what they’re watching you’d better be investigating what’s going on with your child.”Colarulo told parents that they need to get up to speed to monitor where their children go online or have someone check for them.
The 12-year-old Radnor boy whose experience prompted the investigation told police the suspect, a New York man in his 20s, allegedly coaxed the child to send nude pictures of himself, said Colarulo.
Chatroulette and Tinychat offers anonymous chat features, Chatroulette being randomized and Tiny Chat gives you a choice of what chatroom you desire.
To show a group of reporters how easily it was to find a sexual predator at Omegle, Colarulo and Detective Thomas Schreiber logged on and began chatting while pretending to be a 15-year-old girl. The majority of the people on this site are men looking to prey on children.”“A 29-year-old male is chatting with what he thinks is a 15-year-old female,” said Colarulo.
Although the site warns that you must be 18 to use it, it was easy enough to click through to begin talking with strangers. “It took us, what, three tries to get a hold of a pedophile?
“We can’t keep our head in the sand and not do anything.”Schrieber said, “We do the best we can to try to educate parents. They don’t understand the ramifications.”Operators of the website Omegle did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
Webcams have always been an area of concern for parents with online kids.
Within moments they made contact with an adult man who wanted to talk to the “teenage girl.”“Ninety percent of the time, it’s males over the age of 18 exposing themselves,” said Colarulo. ” Their new correspondent wanted to send them pictures, he said.
“All you have to do is say hello and you’ll immediately be connected with someone. Going to the website’s video chat feature, Schreiber connected with several men who were in states of undress and apparently masturbating.“They keep searching and trolling the internet until they find a child,” Colarulo said.“We want to get the word out to the youth groups in the area and the parents,” he said. My concern is there are other sites like this.” A similar site is called Chat Roulette, Schreiber said.“I’ve been a police officer for 32 years and I’ve never heard of this,” he said, telling reporters that he is not on Facebook or Twitter.
Stickam offers guests to the site the ability to just watch other members in video chatrooms, but you will eventually have to register in order to use your webcam on the website.
Part of the registration information is your birthday (for age) and your zip code.
Photo Pete Bannan Parents beware when your kids are surfing the internet.