continued The suspect allegedly used online posts to collect personal information on the local youths to make the videos appear to be made by someone they knew, according to police.
The Niskayuna Police Department in a press release stressed the importance of using caution when releasing personal information over any social network.
“These videos not only impacted each of the youths, but as word of the videos spread, the impact was felt on a larger scale,” police said in the release. “This case illustrates the ease in which third parties, known or otherwise, can use that information for illegitimate purposes.”
Niskayuna Central School District Superintendent Susan Salvaggio echoed the concern in a district email and said, “Please speak with your children about the importance of being aware of their activities online.”
Salvaggio directed parents to the federal government’s resource site for safety, security and responsibility on the Internet and other electronic devices, onguardonline.gov, which includes tips for parents of teens using social networks, information about children and online privacy issues and other resources.
She also urged parents to encourage their children to speak with an adult at school if they have any concerns or worries.
“There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety of our students,” she said in the email. “If something is not right, we need to know.”