App allows parents to keep a close eye on child predators

App locates child predator

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - There is an app that can help you assist law enforcement with tracking down child predators.    The app, supports "Operations Predator" at the Department of Homeland Security.

In the first 36 hours that the app was available for use, a child predator tip was handed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the suspect was arrested.

WBTV's cyber expert Theresa Payton shares information and advice for families, below:

1.  Who created the app?

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as "ICE" in the Homeland Security Investigations department or HSI

2.  Can I leave an anonymous tip?

Yes!  ICE wanted to make it easy to report a tip without fear of repercussions from the sexual predator.

3.  What is the program within ICE called that catches predators?

Operation Predator

4.  What does this app do?

This app will highlight wanted fugitives, it will show photos and other information.  It makes it easy to report a tip.

You can also share information with your family and friends via email or social media sources.  If you are following something in your area, there will also be updates on arrests and prosecution of child predators.

5.  Is it available on all smart phones?

They started first with Apple smart phones but they are working on adding it to other models soon

6.  If I don't have an Apple smartphone or don't have the app, how can I still report a tip?

You can always report a predator, or a situation with a child that doesn't seem right, or a missing children to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.


Learn more about the ICE Predator program here.

A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety, click here.

McGruff provides great resources for child safety.  The McGruff site is a service of the National Crime Prevention Council.  For more information, click here.

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