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Lacey Police Warning Parents About Inappropriate Apps

The Lacey Township Police Department recently received information concerning Smartphone/iPod Applications - apps - that may be inappropriate for children.

The apps appear to be marketed to children/young users and contain an allegedly interactive, animated animal on the main screen. However, users have reported that the "interactive cartoon animal" has been prompting young children for personal information and has been responding verbally to users with inappropriate and offensive comments.

These apps may also have the ability to engage the devices wireless capabilities including the camera feature to obtain involuntary photographs of users. All of this may be occurring without the knowledge of the user(s).

The Lacey Township Police Department is continuing to investigate this matter. Parents are urged to exercise extreme caution in allowing young children to access apps, websites, chat rooms, or other forums while unsupervised. Even applications that appear to be harmless or intended for children have the potential for misuse; therefore, the use of cell phone applications by children should be thoroughly explored and supervised by parents.

Parents should also remain vigilant in discussing with their children the importance of not sharing personal information, names, photos, etc., via the Internet or other wireless devices.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Computer Crimes Unit, has been notified of the concern.

Tierney Brandon Brown February 10, 2014 at 06:15 PM
What is the name of the app??? There is a hide and seek game that looks like mine craft and is really bad because of the chats that go along w it! They can easily pry on innocent kids w this app. BEWARE!!
Tara Townley Gann February 10, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Talking Tom and Talking Angela apps are the ones being referred to here!
grace February 11, 2014 at 08:43 AM
wow i am so sorry for parents these days..thought i was worried when the kids took a bike ride alone to a friends house . yikes this is way too much! answer might be no facebook twitter instagram and now smartphones til your ????? who knows 30?
John Cobb February 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Here's some info from the Google site: Join Talking Angela in Paris, the city of love and style! Wow her and treat her like a princess because let’s face it, she IS a princess. Chat with her, buy her presents and choose her wardrobe. You can even smile at her or show her your tongue (but that’s no way to treat a lady)! Talking Angela will test your knowledge in the newly added trivia quizzes. To start a quiz, type any of these into the chat window: quiz, give me a quiz, start quiz. She is not alone in the city though, you may see a familiar face pop up here and there but in a completely different role! Talking Angela is a safe and family-friendly app! More at http://o7n.co/angela-safe.
Amy February 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I tell my children all the time I am SO glad we didn't have any of this junk when I was a kid. We went out on friday and saturday nights, lol. I know this is no laughing matter, my youngest is eleven and she used to have the talking tom but luckily that iPod broke and I checked her iPad and she doesn't have it on there. John thanks for the info. Grace you're right, so unfortunate that this is the way of the world now.
Winston Smith February 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM
A good parent wouldn't allow a child to have a smart phone in the first place. We dont know the effects the radiation from a cell phone on a devolping brain. Read the warnings that come with a cell phone. It warns you not to hold the damn thing near your HEAD!!!! In most of Europe its illegal for someone under 15 to posses a cell phone, they also ripped all the wifi out of schools. I see 2 and 3 year olds playing with smart phones all the time in public, it makes me cringe thinking how ignorant and out of touch these so called parents are. http://healthychild.org/cell-phones-radiation-your-childs-health/
Amy February 11, 2014 at 01:01 PM
My kids don't have smart phones..none of them…talking tom and talking angela are apps that they play on their devices..they shouldn't be anywhere near their heads when they're playing them, that would be weird, lol. A 'good parent' shouldn't be defined as one who 'wouldn't allow a child to have a smart phone' I see the little ones with them in public too and I cringe because there should really be more interaction between the parent and child or child and peer than with the device. They use them as babysitters. My kids can't bring their devices when we go out, and my kids are teens-almost adult.
jane doe February 12, 2014 at 08:11 AM
It's s hoax. How does the police department not know this? You can look talking angela up on snopes
grace February 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM
hello @ jane if thats true i would say wow they jumped the gun..
Joey Joe February 12, 2014 at 07:54 PM
I'm just wondering why the app names weren't identified by police.
John Cobb February 13, 2014 at 03:26 AM
Here's some info from snopes: http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/angela.asp
Dale Doback February 13, 2014 at 07:40 AM
well there you have it...if snopes says so, it must be true! besides, they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true.
Joey Joe February 13, 2014 at 08:05 AM
John Cobb February 13, 2014 at 08:45 AM
@ Dale, believe what you wish, the internet gives us access to much.
Lu Ann Ferguson February 19, 2014 at 07:53 PM
This article is an good example of irresponsible journalism. The words "may," "allegedly," and "continuing to investigate" should be red flags to discerning readers. When all that was required in the first place was to do a simple internet search to see that this hoax was refuted a year ago shows a lack of smarts on the part of the police. And even worse journalistic integrity is displayed by the lack of a follow-up article explaining that it's not true. Why are there so many people in the world who are convinced that everyone and everything is out to get them?


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