To Avoid Online Danger, One Family Gives Up Social Media

To Avoid Online Danger, One Family Gives Up Social Media

Sexual predators continue to use online social media sites to target Mid-South children.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Sexual predators continue to use online social media sites to target Mid-South children.

The most recent arrests happened just last month, both in Desoto County.

There are so many new apps and programs, Desoto County officials said they have twice the amount of work this year.

With all the online danger, one Olive Branch family has given up social media

"I don’t know that they've ever seen a Facebook page," parent Alison Cooper said.

What??!! No Facebook?

You heard correctly.

Coopers’ 4 kids haven't suffered. Instead she said they have benefitted from no social media.

"Because the friends they do have, they actually have to speak to & use words which is really a lost art," Cooper said/

Cooper made the decision long ago to be anti-social in cyberspace for privacy & safety from predators.

"Basically we don't talk to anyone online," Cooper said.

How do the kids feel about it?

"There's always a point where you want it but in the long run I think it's been a good thing not to have it,” 19-year-old Charles Cooper said.

The Cooper kids do use the internet for things like school work and email.

But mom and dad monitor it closely.

Arrests of two suspected child predators in Desoto county last month have law enforcement encouraging parents to look at apps and programs, not just text messages and calls.
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