Columbus police warn about teens meeting others online in wake of girl's disappearance


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 14-year-old Columbus girl is safe after disappearing on Wednesday.

There was concern that she was with a person from Colorado she had met online six months ago. Thursday, police say they found her and took her back home.

“This is the main way that teens are now meeting each other, or meeting adults, on-line. It's easy for them,” said Columbus Police Detective Jason Brammer.

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“Kids are talking to people and they have no clue who they are. Once they are doing that, they get friended, they get close, maybe they start to text them,” said Detective Jason Brammer, with Columbus Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit.

While they are still investigating the recent case, there are a few things parents can do to educate and monitor your kids.

“Parents need to know what they are giving their children. When you give your child a piece of technology, and you do not pay attention to what they are doing with that technology,” Brammer said.

Brammer explains just how important it is for parents to talk to their kids, and do their homework.

“You are talking underneath them because you don't know really, what you are talking about. You need to study up on it first, before they even get it,” Brammer said.

To learn more about resources for parents, click here.