(Story broke 6/9/2017)
33-year-old Brandon Royce Phillips of Panama City Beach, Florida, was arrested for allegedly using mobile messaging app Kik to solicit explicit videos from underage boys. Phillips was said to have posed as a young girl named Katie Davis and solicited a 14-year-old boy to perform sex acts over the controversial app. Phillips was said to have had the Kik username of Katie.davis840. Posing as an underage girl is just one of the many tricks online predators use in order to gain the confidence of both male and female victims.
This is a good opportunity to talk to your kids about how people can present themselves online and how the cute girl they’re chatting with may be a creepy middle-aged man. And again, I still prescribe to the ideas of knowing who is on your kids’ friends list and not allowing them to have any internet connected devices after bedtime. Also, if your kids can’t identify someone on their friends list as someone they know locally and can identify by first and last name, then they probably don’t need to be on your kids’ friends list.