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Posted on: January 9, 2024

BPD urges children and teens to use caution online

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In recent years the FBI has seen an increase in the number of cases involving children and teens being threatened and coerced by adults online into sending explicit images or live-streaming acts of self-harm.
The FBI urges the public to exercise caution when posting or direct messaging personal photos, videos, and identifying information on social media, dating apps, and other online sites. Advancements in content creation technology and accessible personal images online present new opportunities for malicious actors to find and target minor victims. This leaves them vulnerable to embarrassment, harassment, extortion, financial loss, or continued long-term re-victimization.
Learn more about violent online groups deliberately targeting minor victims: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2023/PSA230912
Here are some quick tips to share with your kids about staying safe:
- Be suspicious if someone you meet on a game or an app asks you to start communicating with them on a different platform.
- Never send compromising images of yourself to anyone, no matter who they are or who they say they are.
- Never open attachments from someone you don't know.
- Use discretion when interacting with known individuals online who appear to be acting outside their normal pattern of behavior.
- Tell a trusted adult if you sense that someone is not who they say they are, or if you have questions about online safety.
You may always call our non-emergency line at 303-288-1535 to report suspicious online behavior. Students are encouraged to talk to their School Resource Officers if they have any questions.

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