Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

MPD Discusses the Dangers of Smartphones and our Youth

child cell1MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/17/13) – With the change in today’s technology, we are finding that our youth are getting so caught up in it that they are not realizing the dangers that can be encountered if they aren’t using it properly. Lt. Robert Carter with the Madisonville Police Department (MPD) spoke at the Lions Club weekly meeting on Wednesday, emphasizing the potential dangers.
 
“We have a generation that is lost. We have a generation that is in trouble and without us coming together, I am fearful what the repercussions might be,” expressed Lt. Carter. “If you have a young person you are responsible for, it is critical that you talk to them now about technology… specifically phone technology. Our young people are falling victim by numbers we can’t count daily.”
 
Smartphones contain EXIF DATA, which is short for Exchangeable Image File. This format is standard for storing interchanged information in a digital photography image files by using JPEG compression. It stores information that can identify the date, time, what type of device and location of an image.
 
Smartphones also have a built-in GPS and when your child takes a photo of themselves, it automatically stores the GPS coordinates inside the image file which is known as an EXIF tag.
 
“Our 10-15 year old children are taking nude pictures of themselves on a regular and sending them to other people… which half the photos that are taken are snapped in the bathroom either before or after bathing incident and they are not good... not good at all… and this is putting our young people at risk,” stated Carter. “And what is happening is they are doing this under the roofs of their parents and grandparents… because they find a sense of safety.”
 
When using social media’s such as Facebook, Instagram and MySpace, the images that are taken and posted that contain the EXIF Data can easily be tracked giving a predator the opportunity to strike our young. A predator can right click on the image and copy and paste the data and zero right in on where the photo was taken.
 
“This is a problem. There are a group of individuals we just learned about that hack different types of devices and hack different type of websites to steal these photos and, when doing it, they look for the innocent ones first… our children,” continued Carter. “Then they look for direct comparisons to find out if there are other images out there that are less than desirable.”
 
According to Lt. Carter, if we were to survey 10 high school students, 7 out of 10 of those students have either sent or received nude photos.
 
“These are our kids… I talk to parents… we find these pictures… we can’t make this stuff up and this is just the photo side of it. I can tell you in the last three months that these type of cases that have been developed here in Hopkins County that we have dealt with at the MPD has been about 14 separate individuals and the disturbing part is we found them, they didn’t find us. There is a need for us to get this information out there,” expressed Carter. “We are going around to every school, civic club, churches, and every organization to get this information out.
 
Amber Mena
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

Stock Report

1 DOW 16,390.78
+128.22 (0.79%)    
2 S&P 1,856.14
+13.16 (0.71%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,073.10
+38.94 (0.97%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

In Other News...

Thumbpickers Unite at Mose Rager Day

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (4/15/14) — Mose Rager is a name still unknown to many people outside the world of guitar pickers. But… Read More

Providence Police Arrest Report - April 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE, Ky. (4/15/14) — The Providence Police Department released the following reports Tuesday, April 15. Timothy… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 15, 2014 16218

UPDATE- U.S. Bank Robbery, Bomb Threat…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 14, 2014 5335

U.S. Bank Hanson on Lockdown Due to Bomb…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 14, 2014 4946

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 13, 2014 4213

One Dead in Two Vehicle Head On Collision

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 12, 2014 2677

One Injured in Two Vehicle Accident in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 14, 2014 4946

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 13, 2014 4213

One Dead in Two Vehicle Head On Collision

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 12, 2014 2677

One Injured in Two Vehicle Accident in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 15, 2014 2532

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 12, 2014 2050

Muhlenberg Man Injured in Hopkins County…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 14, 2014 1302

Grow Garden Grow - Spring Has Sprung

in News by Barbara Cecil Russ
April 13, 2014 832

Two Daviess County Men Busted for…

in Top Stories by Scott Gibbs
April 15, 2014 667

Owensboro Police Investigate Auto Accident

in News by Michael Hathaway
April 15, 2014 537

Owensboro Parks Offers Tennis Lessons

in News by Britni Bunn
April 14, 2014 493

Owensboro Health Hosts Tours for…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 13, 2014 2260

Muhlenberg 4-H is Buzzing

in Top Stories by Janie Culton
April 14, 2014 1664

MCC Staff Shares Good News with…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 951

Local MCHS Students Train at Job Corps

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
April 15, 2014 893

'Walk Right Back' An Everly Brother's…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 685

Thumbpickers Unite at Mose Rager Day

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03