HOUSTON—Charges filed against a 17-year-old Klein Oaks High School student adds to the growing list of activities that parents must now monitor when it comes to their children’s usage of the Internet.
Parents are already advised of monitoring who their kids interact with on Facebook and in chat rooms, but they should also be mindful of what happens on Skype.
Nicholas Josef Sklar, 17, was charged with improper photography/ video recording after police found images of his underage girlfriend that he made while the two engaged in live video chats.
On April 5, the principal at Klein Oaks was investigating a report that a student was using a school-issued laptop computer to hack into the administrative server. When the principal attempted to open the start page on Sklar’s laptop, she noticed the Biometric ecurity service had been activated. The school’s technology department was also unable to open the computer due to the excessive amount of software that had been downloaded onto its hard drive.
Administrators forced Sklar to unlock the computer, according to court documents. Once they gained access, they found several unapproved programs that were potentially being used to hack into the administrative server. They also found a nude photograph of what appeared to be an underage girl, investigators said.
The Klein ISD Police Department was then contacted. They also found graphic photos on the laptop and turned the evidence over to the internet crimes investigators.
Sklar told investigators that the photo was of his 14-year-old girlfriend.
When investigators interviewed the girlfriend, they told her what they found. She told them that she allowed Sklar watch her dress and undress while they were chatting on Skype, but she had no idea that he was taking screen shots of her and saving them.
The teen boy was charged and his bail was set at $2,000.