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Parents Warned About Online Sexual Predators

By Cindy Paliracio

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Looks innocent, but it's not.

Your computer can be a hunting ground for sexual stalkers.

That's where police say 30 year old Joseph Colasacco met a teenaged boy. Colasacco was indicted for sexually assaulting that boy.

It's stories like this that petrify Janelle Feldmeyer, mother of two.

"Were in that danger zone in the age group in my family so we need to be aware what's happening in the world and make sure we protect the kids," says Janelle Feldmeyer.

According to statistics, a predator will approach one out of five children between the ages of 9 and 11.

One out of ten surveyed on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island reported being offered opportunities to work in the sex industry.

"There are bunch of a different methods in which these predators will move a child away from a home or a safety net," says Feldmeyer.

Like schools, malls and right in your own home from your computer.

"They can figure out who they are by where the picture was taken, who they were with, and they start communicating with them online and get them slowly to reveal the information to them. And over a period of time, they garner a lot of information about them until they're at a point where they can arrange a meeting," says Feldmeyer.

With kids spending more time on the computer than these days, what should parents do?

First, monitor internet sites on the computer, place the computer in the living room instead of the bedroom, and get more involved in computer use.

Don't just assume its okay, because its not okay. 

Another tip: limit the amount of personal information you give out.

Predators can easily find your home address if they have your phone number.

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