New technology may have saved Coeur d'Alene teenager from predator

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by DANIELLE GRANT & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 10:44 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- New technology may have saved a teenager from becoming the victim of a potential online predator. An app flagged a suspicious conversation that allowed parents to get involved.

Tristan Masters says his best friend started dating a girl on facebook about two weeks ago but soon after Masters discovered the girl wasn't who she claimed to be.

The couple didn't know each other aside from the internet but Master's friend was instantly infatuated.

"He said 'well Tristan, me and Opal we have something called trust.' I said you trust someone you've never met," said Masters. 

Then the girl started messaging Masters. The conversation was quickly flagged by an app meant to alert parents if their child is in harm's way. Instantly Master's mom, Hannah, intervened. Her son realized the girl's picture was fake and proved it.

"He clicked profile pic and Google images and when I saw you could download and purchase the photo, my mom radar went off," Hannah Master said.

Masters tried convincing his friend but it wasn't enough. He says he was already in too deep. That is when his mom took the evidence to his friend's parents.

The parents of the boy who fell victim immediately signed up for the technology. It's an app that lets you see what your kids are doing in their digital world.

 

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