Does anyone else remember that, during the very first or second police press conference after A and L were found deceased, that the police chief, I believe it was, made the statement (paraphrased) ... "Parents need to know what their kids are doing online." ? I've tried to go back and find the specific news conference but I'm not very good at being able to find old news videos, etc. But it seems to me that LE had a pretty good idea way back then what had probably taken place. At the time, we had a discussion here about catfishing and most seemed to think the officer had said as much in that statement.
The reason you might not have been able to find what you remembered is that it wasn't the police chief who said this....in a news conference on February 15th, two days after the murders, Sgt. Kim Riley, who at that time was the public information officer for the ISP in that region, said this:
“I think people need to be cautious and careful,” Riley said. “Parents should make sure they know where their children are and what their children are doing, and if nothing else, know what’s going on in their lives. That’s the most important thing I can say at this point in time.” Source: Police ask for assistance in identifying man seen walking on trail where Delphi teens went missing
I remembered this for a very long time as "parents need to know what their kids are doing online." Then I found this news article and thought I had misheard or misunderstood.
Eventually another poster here pointed out that there was another member of LE who referenced this case and social media. He was the Flora Town Marshal (LE in a neighboring town), perhaps not in the inner circle of the Delphi investigation, but also not totally unaware of what was going on as all local towns were assisting. On March 8th 2017 he said this:
“Parents need to know where their kids are and what they are doing.” Redmon went on to explain, “if there is anything good that has come out of this, it is that kids on social media are being looked into. With social media, anyone can talk to anyone else all over the world.”
“Kids are talking to people they don’t know and some (of these people) have been sexual predators,” he said.
Redmon’s advice to parents is to be parents first and be aware of what kids are doing on social media. “Kids should not be online friends with people parents would not want to stay over at their house,” Redmon concluded. Source: Flora Police discuss dangers connected to social media - Carroll County Comet
It's actually unclear to me if he was speaking about safety for kids in general/his own assumptions or with knowledge of specific goings-on in this case.