BOISE – When it comes to our children, we want to do everything we can to keep them safe.
However, hackers and online predators can swoop in and expose your kids to things we don't want them exposed to. That's why news of hackers posting usernames and phone numbers of Snapchat users earlier this week is concerning to law enforcement and parents.
Snapchat is an app that allows someone to send a text or picture message that will disappear within one to 10 seconds.
Scott Evans spoke to one family today whose teenager, despite best efforts, spoke to a predator online.
Carter Kolpitcke is your typical 13-year-old boy. He loves video games, and two summers ago his game of choice was "Minecraft".
"You get sucked into it," Carter said with a smile.
That's where he met what he thought was a friend.
"One day I kind of got bored of it, so I figured, just go into a server and I did and, I don't know, just started talking to people. I didn't think much of it at the beginning," said Carter.
One day, this ‘friend’ told him to get a Skype account.
"So I did, like an 11-year-old would, just curious," said Carter.
That's when his mom Kelley Kolpitcke, who regularly checked her son's online activity, walked into his bedroom and found him talking to someone else through a Skype voice call.
"The internet allows anyone from anywhere in the world to come into your home," said Kelley Kolpitcke.
She had Carter hang up the phone, and after talking to her son and police they discovered Carter was most likely talking to a predator.
"Some of the questioning that this particular player asked Carter was sexual in nature," said Kelley Kolpitcke.
Detective Ryan Pacheco is a member of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He monitors social media websites and apps all day long, looking for predators.
"This is a problem that is going to continue to grow as technology continues to grow. We're doing our best to be as proactive as we can, but there's so much going on that we tend to find ourselves being more reactive than we like," said Pacheco.
His advice, parents talk to your kids about online safety, just as you would talk to them about drugs and sex.
That's what Kelley Kolpitcke has done with her twin boys. She's set up parental restrictions on their phones, tablets and computers.
And rather than feeling restricted her boys now feel safe.
"Since my mom caught me, she probably saved me from a lot of trouble, and I'm thankful for that," said Carter.
Carter's story started out simple, just playing a game, but Pacheco says that's how it always starts, before the conversations become bolder.
To avoid this, Pacheco says don't allow your kids to talk to anyone or be friends with anyone online that they don't know in person.
If you are worried that your child may have talked to or currently is talking an online predator, contact police and they can figure out the best steps moving forward.