Wayne CSD warning parents about online predator possibly targeting students

Wayne CSD warning parents about online predator possibly targeting students

December 14, 2018 08:19 PM

The Wayne Central School District is now warning parents about an online predator who maybe targeting students. 

Earlier, Canandaigua School District officials announced they've gotten law enforcement involved over similar incidents.

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Districts in Yates, Ontario and now Wayne counties are looking into what seems to be a case of someone trying to extort private images or money out of a student through social media.

The superintendent of Wayne Central says several students claimed to have been blackmailed. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Superintendent Mathis Calvin left the following statement for parents Friday. 

"We recently have been made aware of several students within Wayne County and our school system who have been victimized by an online predator. This person(s) has created numerous social media accounts, friended students and proceeded to obtain very personal and private images and information about these students. The predator is now using this information to "blackmail" the students to provide additional pictures and information with the threat of sharing what has already been provided on social media sites and other public entities. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department is involved and investigating all leads.

We currently implement aspects of the curriculum derived from to educate our students in, "What it Means to be a Digital Citizen, Cyberbullying, The Impact of Your Digital Footprint," and we are continuing to develop this instruction. We also teach our students that "if you see something, say something," regardless of whether the observed concern is in-person or on social media:

In light of these recent reports, we ask that you please take a moment and speak with your child(ren) about their social media presence, activities, and what they are posting. If your child has an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or other social media accounts, this message is of particular importance. Common Sense Education offers numerous resources to support parents in having these conversations with their children. 

If you have questions about how to have these conversations with your child, please contact your child's counselor. If you believe your child has been targeted by this online predator please call our district safety hotline at 585-687-8477. After school hours, contact your local police department."


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