Parents cautioned about children using iPods, iPads to connect to Internet

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In the wake of indictments handed down against several men who allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old Goshen Township girl, authorities are warning parents to be more cautious.

Police say the young teen met numerous men, ranging in age from 18 to 35, on social media web sites using an iPod mobile electronic device. The girl didn't hide her age but they continued to want to meet her for sex.

"What I think that parents need to be alert about is these iPods," said Goshen Township police sergeant, Ron Robinson. "She was able to communicate, texting, calling, Skyping with these guys strictly by an iPod. No computer no nothing."

Apple iPads, and devices like them, are communication devices as well and are capable of sending text messages and used as a cell phone.

"Alright, I've got to check the Playstation, the browser, the phone," asked single parent, Gregg Martini. "It would be nice if they develop something that hardwire to a kid's DNA, like...14? Shut down," he said, jokingly.

Every time Martini's 13-year-old son leaves the house, he tells him to think..."about your safety and the safety of others. Just be smart," said Martini.

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