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Hillsborough deputy gives digital safety tips to parents

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Law enforcement warn parents that cell phones combined with social media could bring predators right to your front door. 

"When your child uploads a picture onto Facebook for example there is GPS attached to that picture," said Sgt. Jeff Massaro of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. 

Massaro explained that once someone gets a hold of those GPS coordinates they can enter them into any search engine. It will give a map of where that picture was taken.

"That's how easy it is," he said.

Sgt. Massaro mentioned if you're not a tech savvy parent you should take your child's smart phone to your service provider and make sure it's set up safely. 

That might be a good time to install one of the many apps now available that also make it easy for parents to know what their children are doing on their cell phones.  At the same time they can track remotely where their child is at all times.

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