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The mother and father of a lacking 16-year-old Georgia girl consider she may have been focused and presumably kidnaped by strangers she met on-line.
Kaylee Jones, who has particular wants and has gone two weeks with out her remedy since disappearing, was final seen a few week in the past on June 16 in the agricultural space of Whooping Creek Church Highway.
“Kaylee, if you’re listening or if you see this, come home,” Kaylee’s mom, Brenda Jones, pleaded in a message to her daughter throughout an interview with Fox Information Digital. “We’re so worried.”
Her father, Daniel Jones, added: “If you don’t want to come home, just let somebody know you’re alive.”
The Joneses defined that two days previous to Kaylee’s disappearance, they’d confiscated her cellphone in an effort to self-discipline their daughter, at which level Kaylee turned to her laptop computer and started speaking with strangers on chatrooms like Omegle — a web site that enables customers to anonymously ship direct messages or video-chat with each other.
Kaylee shared private data, together with her household’s tackle, with a number of the “guys” she was chatting with on-line, her mother and father stated.
On June 16, she climbed out of her second-story window at their residence and apparently left their space with none method to talk with her household since her cellphone had been confiscated. They’ve been trying to find their daughter ever since.
Authorities have interviewed the identifiable folks Kaylee had been in communication with on social media apps like Fb and Snapchat, however monitoring down nameless customers on chatroom web sites is a little more complicated. On account of the 16-year-old’s conversations with strangers on-line, Brenda and Daniel Jones consider their daughter may even be a human trafficking victim.
Calahan Walsh, government director of the Nationwide Middle for Missing & Exploited Youngsters (NCMEC), stated it is very potential Kaylee may have been kidnapped — both by somebody she was in communication with on-line or by a whole stranger after she left residence.
“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Walsh stated. “Absolutely somebody could have come to pick her up — somebody that she was chatting with, somebody that she may have started what she believed to be a relationship with. But we can’t rule out the possibility that she was running away from home… and it was somebody that she didn’t know that picked her up, which is going to be even more difficult because she doesn’t have access to that data] trail that law enforcement could follow to pinpoint who that person was that she met.”
NCMEC, which assists households and legislation enforcement with finding lacking youngsters and maintaining them secure from predators on-line, has a CyberTipline, which Walsh described as a “reporting mechanism so… service providers and social media platforms and the public can make reports of suspected child sexual exploitation that happens online.”
“That can be anything from grooming and luring to online enticement, sex trafficking, extortion … and all sorts of different avenues of child exploitation,” he stated. “That CyberTipline last year received over 29 million reports, an increase from the year before, which had just over 21 million reports. … These numbers are unacceptable.”
NCMEC stated on-line enticement of minors elevated by over 100% final 12 months, and its 24-hour name heart additionally acquired 94,428 calls in 2021 as youngsters spent extra time on-line in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many parents who didn’t grow up with the Internet have a difficult time talking to their kids about safety and empowering safe and smart decisions,” Walsh defined. “Unfortunately, we can’t raise our children the same way our parents did. We can’t treat social media and online activity like the Wild, Wild West. And, unfortunately, the pandemic has given many parents a false sense of security because they go, ‘Oh, my child’s home, they’re safe. They’re right there on the couch.’ But when a child is connected to the Internet through any device… that child still can connect with anybody out there in the world.”
Walsh has three ideas for fogeys who wish to maintain their children secure from predators on-line: familiarize themselves with the apps their children are utilizing; set group guidelines for on-line exercise “and stick to them,” significantly “with older teens”; and have ongoing and age-appropriate conversations with your children about on-line security.
“So for the youngest kids, it’s simple messaging — easy stuff that’s easy for them to understand and remember. Things like not revealing personal information and that sort of simple stuff for younger kids,” he stated. “For older teens, that conversation changes and needs to become more mature with their online activity, as well. We understand parents can have sometimes a hard time with these conversations.”
NCMEC additionally has a program known as NetSmarts that teaches children methods to make “safe and smart decisions” on-line. It additionally has assets for fogeys, like dialog guides that embody tips about methods to have conversations about on-line security with their children, Walsh famous.
Kaylee is described as 5 ft. 8 in. tall, weighing 135 kilos, with brown hair and brown eyes. Her mom believes she may have a darkish blue guide bag “with a horse on the front.” She may be carrying black tennis footwear or converse sneakers, in accordance with authorities.
Authorities are asking anybody with details about Kaylee’s whereabouts to contact Investigator Kim Biggs at 770-830-5916 or email@example.com.