WILMINGTON,NC (WECT) - One in five people ages 12-17 will be approached by an online predator in their lifetime.
If that statistic doesn't get your attention maybe this will -- 75 percent of kids who have been approached online by a predator don't tell anyone about it.
District Attorney Ben David admits that parents might be shocked to hear how many sexual exploitation cases they come across each year--how many times they see people coming into small towns like Burgaw, from out of state, to meet up with a minor they met through the internet.
Cases like this will be discussed at Thursday's 'cyber safety' meeting at Noble Middle School from 6 to 7:30.
David, along with school resource officers and school counselors, are inviting parents out for a refresher in the dangerous internet ways of today.
David adds "the internet is so easy these days. It's not like you can set up the household's main computer in a central, living room spot in order to keep an eye on internet activity and expect that to work. All your kid has to do is get on their cell phone ."
Officials at the meeting will also address issues like bullying and remind parents of the resources available to try and avoid this issue.
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