No criminal activity occurred, and the man has no transportation and poses no danger to anyone in Ohio, police said.
Still, the incident serves as a reminder to parents and children about the dangers lurking on the internet and on social media sites.
“Frightened, I am frightened,” said Springboro resident Jeannine Cromwell. “I know it can happen to anybody and I know I definitely don’t want it to happen to my children.”
Sgt. Don Wilson of the Springboro police department and a school D.A.R.E. officer said parents should be diligent about monitoring their children’s phones and social media accounts. Often times children don’t realize that when they put their personal information on social media, others can see it.
So parents should explain that putting one’s phone number on social media, for instance, is the equivalent of placing it on a billboard along a busy highway, Wilson said. Parents should also ensure their children aren’t befriending anyone dangerous or sending and receiving inappropriate messages, Wilson added.
“By all means, the No. 1 rule should be I get the password,” he said. “Kids who did not give out the password should not be on that site.”