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Know what’s on your child’s phone

Know what’s on your child’s phone

When Jarred Durant, 25, arrived at a residence in Sarasota County over the summer, he was met with an unpleasant surprise. Durant had allegedly been messaging someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl on the social media app Skout, a dating app that uses location information to connect users. Durant had allegedly gone to the […]

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Several juveniles, ranging in age from 12 -17, were injured when their plan to steal drugs from drug dealers went wrong, and they ended up being taken to the hospital. According to a press release by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, the youths planned the drug robbery over the popular social media app, Snapchat. The […]

Man allegedly lures Pace teen via social media

Man allegedly lures Pace teen via social media

A Virginia truck driver arrested in Santa Rosa County May 15 is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old in Pace after exchanging lewd messages with her on social media. Gerald Edward Filkins, 38, is charged with committing sex acts with a 15-year-old as well as using electronic communications to seduce the child. Read the […]

Student arrested after school shooting threat

Student arrested after school shooting threat

A Navarre High School student has been arrested in connection with threats to carry out a mass shooting at the school. Brandon Lee Hawkins, 15, of Constitution Drive in Navarre, was charged with two felony counts of intimidation, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office said. The specific charges are  “Write, send threat to kill or injure” […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

2 KILLED, 4 INJURED IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT AT POWER PLANT Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says on social media that firefighters responded to calls about an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Tampa Electric Co. plant in Apollo Beach. Officials say two people were airlifted to a Tampa hospital and two others were taken by ground. The […]

Danger lurks in phone apps

Danger lurks in phone apps

Social media applications and websites have allowed more people to be connected than ever before across vast distances. Some of these apps and sites even make it possible for users to meet complete strangers in their area, but there is danger in these tools. Bullies use them to target children even when they are at […]

Parents gain tools to keep kids safe online

Parents gain tools to keep kids safe online

Cyberbullying, internet stalking, solicitations for sexual encounters and human trafficking; the internet and social media can leave parents in constant fear for their children. As devices like smartphones and tablets become more integrated not only in our personal lives, but in our children’s education, the reality is they are here to stay. So how do […]