Ways to protect kids from online predators

Posted at 7:00 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 09:14:36-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan family is waking up relieved after police found their daughter, five days after running away to Rode Island with a man she met on Instagram.

Fifteen-year-old Gracie Hewartson of Wayland, was found by police Tuesday and the family says the professional pedophile who took her, is now behind bars facing multiple charges.

This incident serves as a reality check for parents whose kids use the popular social media app.

FOX 17 was joined in studio by Christy Buck with the Mental Health Foundation to talk about the ways to protect kids from online predators.