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Father Takes Hands-On Approach to Protect Daughter Online

Father Takes Hands-On Approach to Protect Daughter Online
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By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I don’t know if it’s accurate to term an article a "feel good story" when one of the main individuals portrayed in the coverage definitely feels bad. However, since both authors are the father of daughters we vote for "feel good."

Your descriptive choice is up to you.

Fox News came across one father who took an extremely hands-on approach to preventing his daughter from being exploited on social media by a much older pervert.

Walter Rodriguez is an Argentinian citizen with an 11-year-old daughter. She told him one day that a 29-year-old man, named German Acosta, was sending her disgusting messages using the social media app WhatsApp.

(For those unfamiliar with WhatsApp, this is another gift to the culture from Facebook. Webwise.ie explains, “It is popular with teenagers because of features like group chatting, voice messages and location sharing.”)

In this instance Acosta had been trying to convince the daughter to send pictures of her wearing nothing but her drawers and to lie to her parents about their "relationship." Finally the young girl reached her limit and she told her dad.

Events moved quickly. Rodriguez “took control of the text conversations and posed as his daughter to arrange a meeting with Acosta.” Dad showed up at the rendezvous and as soon as he spied Acosta he decked him with a punch in the face, followed by other punches to make sure the message was received.

Rodriguez explained his motivation, “This son of a b**** is a pervert. He sent photos to my 11­year­old daughter.”

The authorities took a dim view of Rodriguez’ rough justice. Both he and Acosta were arrested. Dad for battery and the pervert for “online harassment and grooming – the crime of befriending a child to lure them to perform sexual acts.”

Dad was even unhappier when his daughter’s online molester was released until his trial. “I made my statement before a judge. I told them everything, how it happened, I showed them the screenshots, what he had been sending to my little girl,” Rodríguez said. “I don’t understand why they let him go. A person like this doesn’t deserve to be free.”

Hernan Navarro, a leader of Grooming Argentina — which sounds like a haircare chain, but in reality fights online predators, agrees. He thinks Acosta free and with access to computers and cellphones is a potential risk to society.

There is a lesson in this story for parents everywhere. No child under the age of 16 has any business with a cellphone that also has access to the internet. Think dumb phone for youngsters instead of smartphone. Second, parents should keep all computers in the family area of the home. No computers or cellphone usage out of the sight of parents. And parents should hold unannounced inspections of all media devices.

Please don’t waste my time with cries of "you’re invading the child’s privacy!" They will have plenty of time to be private when they are grown up and have survived their childhood.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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I don’t know if it’s accurate to term an article a "feel good story" when one of the main individuals portrayed in the coverage definitely feels bad. However, since both authors are the father of daughters we vote for "feel good."
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