DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Virginia — A mother was shocked at what she found on her daughter’s cell phone and tablet.
The 13-year-old’s parents discovered she had been sending and receiving naked photos of other teenagers, WTVR reported.
The mother said she became aware of the situation when their other child overheard voices in her bedroom around 4:00 a.m.
None of the photos showed the girl with anyone else, but the mother said it was clear that these pictures were being sent back and forth with boys.
“Looking through the phone and the tablet we did find sexual pictures, conversations that were very inappropriate for her age,” she told the station.
“Everybody wanted to be her friend, because according to these people, she was cool now.”
She decided to call police when she discovered that an older boy, 17 or 18-years-old, asked the young girl for sex.
The parents told WTVR they decided to call authorities to protect their own daughter — even if that meant criminal charges.
“What she’s facing may be harsh, but we feel it’s for her own protection,” the mother told the station.
And she has important advice for other parents to keep their children from using dangerous apps.
“Please put parental controls on everything. I was informed that if you take it to the store… wherever store you buy it from, they can put all kinds of locks and controls in place, so that they can’t access these apps,” she told WTVR.