LaVergne detectives warn parents about signs of online predators


LAVERGNE, Tenn. — Detectives in LaVergne asked parents Friday to watch out for ways predators might try to lure in children and teenagers.

Sgt David Durham with the LaVergne Police Department said he’s seen the way predators work to contact kids and teens.

“A lot of times you will see somebody taking a kid’s photo off the internet and using that as their profile so they can use that to get in good with the kids and say they go to that school,” Durham said. “They will use a persona to get the kids to trust. Then that’s when the conversation starts, and it progressively gets worse.”

Detectives encourage parents to ask their children and teens specific questions.

“Who is this person, How do you know this person; just the general follow up questions as a parent,” Durham said. “Is this your friend? Have you ever met this person before? Do they go to your school? Have you seen them at school?”

Investigators asked parents to monitor the social media accounts and websites their children use while familiarizing themselves with new apps and technology available.

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Proper Way of Handling Predators

We can all agree that nobody likes online predators (except other predators). Every year seems like the problem keeps increasing with the large number of predator arrests made.

Most everyone would love the opportunity of confronting a predator and doing a justice for the community. Of course, the law does not support these actions as all are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. So what exactly can the community do to put a stop to online predators? Unfortunately this is an issue that isn’t going to stop anytime soon.

“There’s too many of them, secret websites and the dark web are rising in numbers as we speak.” said Matthew Baumgartner, Vice Executive of CCRA. “We can’t stop them all, but we can do our best to stop many of them.”

What exactly does this mean? What is there left to do? Making reports to law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the best course of action at this point. Ensuring parental controls are active on computers and keeping them in public areas of the house, such as the living room dramatically decrease the chances of children from becoming a victim.

As much as every minor hates it, checking your child’s phone for suspicious applications, such as Kik and are also advisable as those two apps have been known to cause much issue in the community.

Should a predator ever arrange a meeting with your child, do not under any circumstances attempt to engage them yourself. Contact law enforcement and they will properly and legally deal with the issue. Many vigilante groups have attempted to take matters into their own hands these past couple of years, by meeting the predators and recording their confrontations, which have caused many issues such as traffic accidents, injuries and mistaken identities. We have spoken to several of these vigilante groups who actually by no surprise are currently in civil suits by their accused predators.

By taking these steps and precautions you’ll ensure the predators receive the true justice they’ll get. After all, prison has been known to not being so friendly towards child predators.