RALEIGH, N.C. -- The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) says an investigation that started in Wake County involving nude pictures of high school students appearing on Instagram has now expanded to six more counties.
The SBI is now investigating cases in Randolph, Surry, Chatham, Craven, Edgecombe and Johnston counties. Investigations are continuing in Wake, Durham and Pitt counties.
It all started this month after Wake Forest Police said a woman told them her daughter found nude pictures of herself from a few years ago on Twitter and Instagram. Nude pictures of other students also started to appear on other social media sites.
According to WRAL-TV, SBI agents have subpoenaed Facebook, which owns Instagram, for user information associated with several accounts.
WFMY News 2 contacted Surry and Randolph County Schools. Administrators with both school districts said they were unaware of the investigation. However, both districts said they were willing to cooperate with the SBI, if asked.
Atlantic Webworks Social Media Expert Kristen Daukas is also a parent. Daukas said she has regular conversations with her children about staying safe on social media sites. "This is not a day and time for shame or awkwardness. It's an awkward situation. It's going to be awkward. Just go ahead and do it and get it over with....It's in your backyard. If you don't address it head on, it doesn't matter. It's still going to be there."
Daukas added, "All you can do is continue to have the same, consistent conversation. Always be open. Don't be shocked by what they tell you. If they think you're going to judge them, they're going to stop coming to you. You have to have the poker face."
In addition, Daukas recommends parents learn how to navigate social media platforms. Create your own accounts to monitor your children. However, keep the conversation going, too. Keep in mind, it only takes a few seconds for children to create a new account that you might not know about.