Grandparents warn of social media apps that may have led to granddaughters disappearance
9:04 PM, Feb 27, 2013
8:40 AM, Feb 28, 2013
(WXYZ) - For more than 48 hours Nannie and Kenneth Fane wondered where their 13 -year -old granddaughter was, whether she was hurt, or worse.
Wednesday afternoon they got the news they were hoping for. The Southfield girl called and was found on Detroit's east side. Southfield Police are investigating her disappearance. They say they are working to find out who she was with, how old they are, and if she was taken against her will. So far no one has been arrested.
Her family is piecing together what happened, but says her disappearance taught them a lesson.
"You need to be aware of what your children are doing," said Kenneth Fane.
It sounds like common sense, but it is more difficult than it sounds.
Kenneth and Nannie Fane thought they did everything to protect their granddaughter. They dropped her off at school and picked her up everyday. They didn't let her use the family computer unsupervised.
What they didn't think about was her IPod. They thought she used it to listen to music – but when she went missing, they learned there is so much more you can do with the device..
They found out the girl was using social media apps on her IPod and had disturbing conversations with people who appeared to be grown men.
The teen's family wants to warn other families about these apps. They can be easily downloaded onto phones or newer IPods. One of the apps is called Tagged. It lets users chat with any strangers located geographically within a certain distance.
The other is Mocospace. It is advertised as a way to meet people, play games, and chat.
"It is very important to have an idea of all the social media sites out there," said the 13-year-old's aunt Verena Peeples. "It seems like a new one is popping up every week."