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Police remind parents to monitor child's online activity

Police warn parents about teens sending explicit photos
Police warn parents about teens sending explicit photos
Posted at 5:03 PM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 13:36:34-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - The Thomasville Police say they are receiving an alarming number of calls this year related to teens and even younger, tweens exchanging illicit photos via smart phones and messaging applications.

Investigators say the scary part is once the photos are sent to someone, they have no control over where that photo goes.

They say in some of the photos they have come across, the kids can be identified.

They are worried that these photos could end up in the hands of predators. Police say it's a felony to distribute that type of material. If a photo is sent with consent and then resent to someone else, that is a crime.

Thomasville Police say they are asking parents to be present in your child's online activities and are reminding you to do random checks of your child's social media accounts and text messaging.

They say to monitor their activity online, and above all, talk to them about the dangers of sharing intimate information and photos.