An eleven-year-old is back with his family after a strange adventure that started online. Charleston Police say the boy drove alone from Upstate South Carolina to the Charleston nearly 200 miles south to meet up with a man who befriended him on Snapchat.
The boy pulled up next to an officer to ask for directions, when his tablet he was using lost GPS signal, which led to an investigation. The boy told the officer that he took his brother’s car and drove it Charleston to live with a man he met on Snapchat.
The police were able to reach the boy’s father who had reported the boy missing. The Charleston Police Department are reminding parents to establish an ongoing dialogue with their children and to explore the internet together as a family to prevent similar situations.
Charleston Police Reunite 11-year-old Boy With Family After He Drove Alone From Simpsonville To Charleston#chsnews pic.twitter.com/HDElVkOZXc— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) September 24, 2019
Snapchat has a minimum user age of 13, and children under 13 are redirected to an app called SnapKidz.