FISHERS, Ind. — The Fishers Police Department is sending a warning to parents.
FPD says an Instagram user identifying himself as Tyler Schultz is contacting junior high-aged boys and asking for them to send pictures of their hands and to be friends.
FPD said several parents reported the user to the department to investigate.
The Fishers Police Department Intelligence Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found more than 20 social media accounts using that name or a variation of that name.
FPD sent along these tips to parents:
- Make certain your social media platforms are set to the highest security settings. We encourage you to check these settings on a regular basis. These settings can be changed by the owners of the individual platforms and they are not required to notify the user.
- Please be aware of your children’s activity on social media. Check their devices often and talk with them about the dangers of social media.
- Do not engage in conversations with strangers. Any information you divulge could potentially be used for criminal activity.
- Immediately report suspicious activity to your local police department. This applies to all types of suspicious activity. Immediate notification allows officers to quickly address and resolve the situation.
FPD said at this time, no crime has been committed.
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