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Predators warned to watch out for law enforcement

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Dr. Kristen Rickey knows a thing or two about tweens.

She's the principal of McKinley Middle School, but is also a parent.

"They're still children. Physically they look older and they look more mature and they would like to be more independent but they are still children," said Dr. Rickey.

Dr. Rickey stood up Thursday morning with a panel of fellow parents, educators, and law enforcement members in front of Franklin Middle School.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner was also on hand to deliver a shared message.

"Children have someone that they talk to. If its not mom and dad, there is someone else out there. Sometimes its the school administrator, sometimes its the counselor, sometimes its the parent. They need to get the word out. They need to tell people that they are a problem." said Gardner.

Just this year, Michael Mayer, 40, of Sibley received 15-year-prison term after he persuaded a 14-year-old girl to send him pornographic images of herself over text message.

"When you're online looking for children, law enforcement officers are looking for you. We'll find you, and you will go to jail, " said the The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, warning sexual predators.

But internet safety isn't all about sexual predators.
Identity thieves are now targeting young children and even babies!

An investigation by NBC's "today show", discovered thousands of young victims nationwide.

Experts say young children and even babies make great targets for thieves because no one realizes they've become a victim until they start using their credit years later.

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