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NSP Investigators suggest parents be their child's 'own detective'

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Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol are asking parents to be mindful of who their kids are talking to on their smartphones.

In the last two years, Troop E has worked about 60 different cases involving online enticement and child porn.

But Investigator Dean Christensen says more and more predators are reaching out to kids through smartphone apps.

Apps like Kik and SnapChat have gained popularity in the past year; especially among teens.

Christensen says once a child makes it known to a predator his or her age, that's when predators will ask for personal information.

He says parents need to be their own child's investigator even if it looks like their child isn't doing anything wrong.

"We had one case not too long ago where a parent said yea, you know what, I checked my child's phone all the time." Said Christensen. "I did a forensic examination, he didn't look very hard because his child was doing something he shouldn't of."

In the last two years, NSP has made more than 20 arrests locally when it comes to cyber crime against kids.

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