The internet can be called a child predators playground. Greenville Police tried to hammer home that message Wednesday night.
Connie Elks with Greenville's Major Crimes Unit says with computers in nearly everyone's home and without supervision -- it's like having a loaded weapon. "They are extremely dangerous if they are not supervised by a parent or a caretaker."
Internet crimes on kids are becoming more common -- according to Greenville Police -- and it's what prompted them to teach parents and teachers how to protect kids from cyber creeps.
According to elks -- awareness is the best weapon of defense. "Parents need to become aware and educated and knowledgeable about the codes that these young people are using when they are communicating on the internet."
Detectives like Glen Webb with the Greenville Police continue to crack down on cyber crimes--using ground-breaking techniques. "We're actively using web crawlers and things to find child pornography. Right now there is child pornography in Pitt County and we're doing everything we can to find it and bring those people to justice."
Elks and Webb say a good tip for parents is to make sure kids use a computer out in the open so you can monitor what they're doing. They say being aware your your child's e-mail, social media sites, And text messages will help protect against cyber predator's.