As Christmas vacation approaches, kids will have more down time at home and potentially on-line. Illinois State Police are warning parents to keep a close eye on their teenagers’ cell phone use to make sure the innocent use of an app doesn't lead to more problems.

Trooper Jason Wilson says the predators are out there looking for teens, and not always girls, to share photographs and other personal information. Wilson says it is affecting more kids that most parents believe...even on popular apps that are used every day:

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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. 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.


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