The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department cautions parents to monitor their children’s social media usage amid increased internet crimes.
In a news conference this morning, the department reported it received more than 300 incidents involving online child sex material and pornography, child exploitation, and extortion.
The department said this number is on pace to meet last year’s 724 incidents.
As recently as 2019, CMPD said the department investigated only 98 reported incidents for the entire year.
Many victims are teenagers who are preyed on by strangers while communicating online, the department said.
“These crimes know no geographical, racial, or socioeconomic boundaries,” CMPD Lt. Jim Ivie told reporters. “They target both boys and girls and severely affect the mental health of our children.”
Nearly 60% of cyber tips came from incidents reported from Facebook, Google, Instagram and Snapchat nationwide, according to the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation.
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