CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — Hit “accept” on a Facebook friend request and really there’s no telling who you’re letting into your life.
“I always talked to my daughter about only friending people she knew,” said Chesterfield mom Christina Jay. “And to be careful who she let into her life.”
Jay says she takes all kinds of measures to make sure her teen isn’t put in harm’s way.
“I always had passwords and checked behind her whether she knew it or not,” she said. “It was important for me to follow up behind her.”
Deputies say that’s the right answer.
“Parents have to be involved on social networking,” said Major Scott Moser. “Predators are out there and ready to strike.”
Moser says the Caroline Sheriff’s office recently locked up 20-year-old Kyle Huffman and deputies say his story should serve as a social media safety reminder.
Huffman was arrested for allegedly having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl and was out on bond.
But investigators say he tried again. Logging onto a social media site, they say Huffman asked what he thought was a 14-year-old girl to meet him behind a Caroline gas station.
“He proceeded to engage in a conversation about sex with a 14-year-old, which was our investigator, not the teen,” said Moser.
Deputies say the fictitious female told Huffman she was 14. They say Huffman stated, “I know now, LOL [laugh out loud]. As long as you ain’t no snitch, it will be all right.”
West Ender Jennifer Do says that’s not all right.
“With social media now, it’s easy for strangers to come into your life and you have to remember they have access to a lot of information.”