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Delaware Co. Prosecutor Urges Parents to Monitor Kids' Facebook, Twitter

SUNBURY (Ben Garbarek) -- A local prosecutor is making a passionate plea to parents to be nosy.

With new social media sites popping up nearly every day, kids are finding new ways to connect with friends and possible predators.

"It was one of those things I was trying to avoid," said Tracy Pullie after her 14 year-old son Ashton signed up for several social media sites.

Ashton has a smart phone he uses to browse those sites, but his mom reserves the right to check what he's posting at any time.

"He's left (his phone) to go take a shower and I'm like, 'oh, let me just scan it real quick'."

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien is encourages parents to monitor what their kids post online.  She's going around talking to parents willing to listen about the dangers of social media.

"Some of those (websites) are scary," O'Brien said.  "Some of these are trolled by predators on a regular basis."

She said parents can and should take away online privileges if kids break their trust.

"They don't know who they're talking to most of the time," she said.  "They have no idea who's behind the tweets they're getting, the contacts they're getting.  They just don't know who it is."

O'Brien said social media safety is now a passion of hers.  She plans on taking her presentation to schools to reach more parents.

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