Police have recently been involved in an incident of suspected on line grooming of children of primary age in this locality. These unknown person/s have identified themselves as famous people, in particular members of One Direction on Skype.
We have liaised closely with the police and would advise parents and carers to talk with their children, in particular to discuss social media. We would advise you to view all conversation histories on Skype and talk to your child about anyone that they may have and conversations with on it. We would also ask you to check any conversation history on other social media network sites such as Facetime, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, gaming sites, chat rooms etc. Please check all your child’s devices including computers, laptops, tablets, phones, gaming devices, kindles etc. Please ensure parental controls are in place on all media devices. The children need to be aware they are not in trouble, and this is about us safeguarding them. Note: The terms and conditions of many sites (Facebook, Instagram etc…) prohibit their use by young people under the age of 13, and their use by young people should not be encouraged.
There is a useful section on the Share Aware – NSPCC website for parents that discusses this issue including a video clip that it may be worthwhile parents watching.