Sometimes, social media can be just as harmful as it is helpful.
When one Pennsylvania teen realized he was being stalked by a grown man from Michigan, whom authorities later identified as 30-year-old Michael Leib, his entire community was stunned. Police say Michael drove nine hours out of his way to show up at the 18-year-old’s front door.
After Michael first connected with the teenager on social media, officials say he began sending him lewd messages. Then, he made his nine-hour trip to the teen’s house and knocked on his door, looking for the young man he had allegedly been stalking.
The teen wasn’t home, but officials say Michael made the trip four more times so he could finally meet him.
The 18-year-old’s family got the police involved and soon, Michael was arrested. He was charged on November 10, 2017, with multiple counts of stalking and harassment.
This situation opens up a much larger conversation between parents and their kids. This terrifying situation could have happened to anyone. It’s important for parents to educate their children about appropriate social media practices so they can stay safe.
Oversharing on social media can get people into trouble if someone takes all of their information and connects the dots. Thankfully, this teen is safe — and hopefully, more parents will have a discussion with their kids about what is and isn’t OK to post on their accounts.
Check out what parents and guardians can do to keep their kids safe in the video below, and please SHARE to spread this message!
Photo: CBS Local – KYW Philadelphia
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