On-line Safety: One Mother's Story

By: Clayton Bauman/Lynnette Taylor
By: Clayton Bauman/Lynnette Taylor

Do you really know who your child talks to on-line?

On September 28th, a 12-year-old girl from Carteret county was allegedly abducted by 38-year-old Timothy Newman, a sex offender, who police say had contact with her through social media and cell phones.

It's those stories that has parents concerned about who their teens chat with wondering what they can do to prevent it.

14 year old Bayleigh Glynn is like any other teen; on Facebook and socially active.

However earlier this year, the D.H. Conley High School student and cheerleader had anything but a typical Facebook experience when she got a friend request from a "Jenny Scott."

Bayleighs mother, Susie Glynn became suspicious of Jenny Scott when a friend asked about a post Scott made.

So one night , Glynn logged on to Bayleigh's account, but someone else was up too.

"As I went on the Facebook to check, " says Susie Glynn, "the person actually instant messaged Bayleigh. W\hat they didn't know was they had me and started up a conversation that was inappropriate and sexual in nature and made my heart stop and realize, this was more than just a little girl."

Glynn played along and soon discovered her hunch was true. Turns out the Facebook profile was a fake, and it's believed the poster was a man from Canada who may have targeted girls in Texas as well.

Detective Glen Webb, with the Greenville Police Department says a parent's vigilance, like Susie Glynn's, can mean the difference from safety and interaction with a stalker.

Webb doesn't recommend talking to the predators once you suspect them to be one. He says that's when you should alert police immediately.

Webb say what parents can do is much like what Bayleigh's mother did, Know your children's passwords for everything. Know who their friends are, Ask them questions about a friend, if you as a parent don't know them.

And stay up to date on Internet lingo and acronyms, like the L-O-L'S and the R-O-F-L'S.

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