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.

Heywood 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
Heywood 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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