Berryville Parents Beware of Social Media Creep

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by Shannon Cay

 

BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Berryville School District is asking parents to be vigilant of their child’s social media accounts, as there have been several reports of inappropriate photos and messages being sent to local students recently.

According to a release from the school district, the administration has been contacted by multiple parents regarding explicit photos and messages being sent to their child.

These were via Instagram and Snap Chat, by an unidentified adult male. These reports have now been verified by the school.

From what they understand, this particular account has been closed, however, this person will most likely establish a new account under a different name using contacts he has previously gathered.

Berryville School Officials say they cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to monitor your child’s online communications on a regular basis.

Should you detect activity of this explicit nature, report it to Instagram and the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division, immediately.

Report to Instagram:

Go to Settings
Go to Report a Problem
Type in the problem (include details and the name of the account that sent it)
Hit SUBMIT IT

Report it to the Arkansas State Police :

Department: Crimes Against Children 501-618-8900
OR Go to Cybertip.org to report incident
OR Call 1-800-843-5678

Other Helpful Tips: 

  • Check your child’s phone
  • Block the person’s account that sent you in the inappropriate message/photo
  • Make sure that your children are only friends with, following and followed by people you know and that have PRIVATE accounts.
  • It is recommended that you should not allow your child to be friends with anyone with a public account no matter how well you know them. This is how creepers get their friends list.
  • Make sure that you are follower your child’s account.