SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Local) — The arrest of 25 men for allegedly trying to have sex with children in Florida has prompted a new warning to parents.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said the men, arrested from July 17 to July 20 during #OperationInterceptVI, responded to internet ads, online apps or social media sites to engage in sexually explicit written and verbal conversations with sheriff’s deputies who posed as minors.

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“Unfortunately, the internet allows for easy and anonymous access to children by strangers who are hiding behind a computer screen,” said Sheriff Tom Knight.

Knight updated the Sheriff’s Office list of apps frequently downloaded by children can be utilized by predators for purposes of exploitation.

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The list, which was at nine as of last May, has now grown to include 15 applications, CBS affiliate WTSP reported.

  • MEETME
  • Grindr
  • Skout
  • WhatsApp
  • TikTok
  • Badoo
  • Bumble
  • Snapchat
  • Kik
  • LiveMe
  • Holla
  • Whisper
  • Ask.fm:
  • Calculator%
  • Hot or Not

The Sheriff’s Office recommends that parents “have those tough conversations with your kids” to ensure they understand the dangers of being online and meeting with strangers.

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“One day they will thank you,” detectives wrote on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.