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Topic : 02/03 Pursuing the Predator: Internet Investigations

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Created on : Friday, January 30, 2009, 02:15:30 pm
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Pedophiles once lurked in parks and around schoolyards, and then they prowled the playground of the World Wide Web. Now these predators have a more sinister method at their fingertips – sending explicit text messages directly to your child's cell phone. Dr. Phil examines the latest technological threats to your kids and shows you how to protect them. Joining him is Colorado detective Mike Harris, who works overtime tracking online predators. He says one piece of equipment gives him a high success rate. Find out what this device is, and how you can use it to monitor your children. Next, go behind the scenes as Mike’s unit prepares to take down a 28-year-old man allegedly texting sexually explicit material to a girl he thinks is 15. Dr. Phil cameras capture the dramatic arrest on tape. Then, 16-year-old Zoe admits that she exchanges risqué photos with men online but says this is normal teen behavior. Her mother, Sharon, says Zoe invited a man into her home whom she met online, and she worries for Zoe's safety. Dr. Phil has a stern message for the teen. And, Kyra was 12 when she was sexually assaulted by a 22-year-old man she met in a chat room. How can she pick up the pieces and move on with her life? Will her story be a wake-up call to Zoe? Plus, don’t miss the top three things you can do to save your child from cell phone perverts. Talk about the show here.

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January 30, 2009, 3:40 pm CST

Doctor Phil Show.

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out Predator at all. See you on Tuesday Feburary 03rd, 2009. Sincerley Your. Russell Vlaanderen.-----------

February 3, 2009, 6:35 am CST

My son gpt caught up in this

My son was caught up in the reverse. He was out looking at adult porn. (not a great idea either)and he clicked on a down load on this sight and it down loaded child porn. My son did not know the proper way to get it off his computer so it sat in a file. A buddy of his went on his computer and opened the file. My son was reported and is now in a Navy prison and has a 10 year sex offender listed on his record. I saw last week on the Dr. Phil show a young girl was sending photo's of herself to her young male friends. This is not right that these young men (that don't do anything but leave it on there equiptment)are stuck living with this on their record. I personally feel the law needs to be changed to cover certain situations. The law is to general.



February 3, 2009, 7:09 am CST


When we went thru this with our daughter, 15yrs at the time, I asked her if she would drive into downtown, get out of her car, walk up to people and introduce herself, give out her personal info, pull her shirt up, or invite these strangers into her home.  Of course she replied, "No."  I explained to her that what she was doing on the net was amounting to the same exact thing.  It was something she then could understand.

    We took a lot of heat from some family members about some of our methods, and I told them plainly - "I will do anything, fair or unfair, legal or illegal to protect my child."  We would eaves drop on phone conversations, show up at places she was suppose to be (unexpectedly), snoop thru her room, check her computer activity, etc...

    We are blessed in that she was never a real problem compared to others.  She is now 24, with a good education, good job, and a good head firmly swiveling on her shoulders.

February 3, 2009, 8:05 am CST


Enough is Enough! Why do these kids have cell phones in the first place? If they have one take  it away. I spend a lot of time around school kids at sporting events and see the crap all the time. Just playin with phone, droppin it, living it layin around. I do not understand why a parent would even buy a child a phone. There is no reason for these kids to have a phone on them all day and night.
February 3, 2009, 12:39 pm CST

Concerns about youth on Online

I surf the net a lot during my break from homework. Last year, I came across an internet site where individuals can broadcast on their own channel for free. I have witnessed numerous kids (teens and younger) broadcasting or visiting channels unsupervised. Some of the young ones who were broadcasting were talked to sexually by visitors on the channel. There is a report feature but all it does is sometimes get the channel cancelled, which I have done a lot. The visitors are just stupid usernames which probably can't be identified. Anyway, I became friends with one female who, with makeup seemed (and said) she was older than 13 (which is the youngest a person can be on the site). I became a moderator on her channel so she would not be harrassed by people visiting her channel. Lately, she confided that she was only 11! She admitted it to me and one or two other adults who have moderated her channel and that she trusts because a man was harrassing her and making her do something sexual online through messenger. The male is supposedly from France. She lives in Austria. She says the guy has not bothered her anymore since she banned him. Does anyone know how we can go about protecting these young ones who have parents who obviously are oblivious to their children's lives? I do not know enough about the young girl (who I have known for a year now online) to contact her parents (which is a good thing as far as knowing she hasn't given out any personal information) about this. The two other adult friends also have no info on how to contact her parents. I am afraid to stop talking to her because I fear that it will leave her more open to predators like the one who bothered her. She seems so lonely and vulnerable but I do not know how to go about protecting her. If she was here locally, I could contact authorities. I would love to hear from others about this...especially any ideas on how those of us who cared can go about protecting these young ones online.


I am a social work graduate student and would love to learn more about programs, ideas, or anything that maybe could be utilized online or locally to protect young ones and even teenagers who have families who are not involved enough in their children's lives to protect them from online predators.


I apologize if this comes across as rambling but I am at a loss for what to do.


I appreciate any help on this matter.





February 3, 2009, 12:39 pm CST

Take the Phone away

Why don't these parents take the cell phone away, take the computers away. Ground them. I call it irresponsibility on the parents part. If the mother is doing what she can to prevent her daughter from doing that, and the father is not, take him to court. Maybe the judge could do something. That girl would not leave the house except for school. Caught having sex, sending semi-nude pictures of herself to strangers. I would wash the face and she would be in lock down mode.
February 3, 2009, 12:41 pm CST

Concerns about youth on Online (continued)

I forgot to add that the young girls channel was cancelled recently due to our learning of her age and the situation that occurred. I still occasionally talk to her through a messenging service where I offer her advice for her safety. But, I can't be online all of the time.



February 3, 2009, 12:54 pm CST

Internet Dating

If you think only teenagers are stupid and naive, I am the cousin of a 64 year old widow who is meeting people on-line, taking them to her apartment and having sex.  I asked her, "If a strange man rang your door bell, would you invite him in?"    She replied, "Of course, not."  I asked her in what way is your behavior any different?  She told me she knew these guys by their profiles.  I told her that a serial killer could say he was Mr. Nice Guy on the internet.  She still doesn't get it.  I think she is one click away from danger even though she's had some scares.  One gentleman said he would be happy to handle her finances.  A bell goes off.  She had to change her telephone number because a man was calling her in the middle of the night asking for money.  Her family is worrying about her safety.  Because we are critical of her internet dating she has gone underground and tries not to tell us anything. 
February 3, 2009, 12:55 pm CST


I am sitting here watching the show and I have become so angry with the young girl(Zoe) who said..."you can tell how somone is by there myspace and the friends they keep" this young girl and that is what she is, a girl has no idea how sick people can be! How they will present themselves as a fun loving careing person, and then they wil hurt you in the most horrible way. I have 2 kids and I watch everything they do and I will always watch what they do and I will always be in there face about things and if that doesn't make me the most loved mom in the world...thats ok. As long as my kids are safe that is all that matters.

I just watched the girl who got heart goes out to her. I know what that is like and by someone I trusted, I thought I knew. That little girl is sooooo brave and I hope this gets to her. What she did to help put her rapest behind bars was incredible and I say BRAVO! I hope Zoe learns from what she heard and changes her ways. Before she gets hurt.

February 3, 2009, 12:55 pm CST

we're only worried about death and rape?

We're not worried about the teenage girl fornicating with some stranger?  We're only worried that she might get raped or killed?
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