By Sarah Plummer
BECKLEY -- Although it's easy to get swept up in American actor Erik Estrada's charisma, he and the cast of the film"Finding Faith" came to the Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley on Thursday with a serious message for parents and teens.
"Education is prevention. Be aware of who your kids are chatting with online and you need to express to them the dangers that are out there," Estrada said. "That's why we made this movie, for these young girls. So they won't get taken."
The film tells the true story of Holly Austin Smith, who was abducted from Bedford, Va., and was held captive for three days before being rescued by the police.
Estrada, who has been a sheriff's deputy in Bedford County, Va., for nearly eight years and works closely with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, asks parents to keep their kids' computers in a family room.
"Don't let them go upstairs and lock themselves in their room and play on the computer. Put it where you can monitor their use," he said.
West Virginia State Police Sgt. M.K. Summers, investigator with the Crimes Against Children Task Force, added that parents need to know each and every application on their childrens' iPads and Smartphones.
One app, Snapchat, allows a teenager to send a picture and set it to automatically delete itself.