Parents urged to keep eye on computer during break

TUPELO – Children don’t have to leave their homes to get into trouble this spring break because the potential problems are just a mouse click away.

Since the week-long vacation from school started Monday, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said his computer has been receiving mail from potential sex predators. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has been running an Internet sex sting operation since 2007 and has arrested nearly 20 potential predators.

“This whole week our 14-year-old decoy has been receiving sexual propositions from people from all over,” said Johnson. “We’ve gotten more hits since Monday than we’ve had in a long time. And they are coming in early in the morning when these guys think parents are gone to work. They know kids are out of school and possibly home alone.”

Johnson said parents need to pay close attention to their children and their computers.

“A lot of kids will be home while parents are working,” said Johnson. “This is dangerous because no one will be there to monitor computer usage, so I think it should be limited.”

To ensure children’s safety, he said parents should lock computers by changing passwords while they are at work, or take laptops with them to their business.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or

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