Vigilance needed when kids on net
NOT everyone on social media is who they appear to be.
The relative anonymity of posting online means people can lie about their age, their location and even their gender.
With social media becoming an increasingly popular domain for young people, and as more and more children start spending regular time online at an earlier age, online predators continue to be an area of concern for WA Police.
According to police, online predators can spend weeks, months and even years ‘grooming’ children they meet online by pretending to be friends, making them feel loved and sending gifts.
Once trust has been gained, they usually start introducing sexual content to the conversation or asking to meet.
Police urge parents to be more vigilant about their children and the internet by ensuring the computer is in a common area so it can be monitored, having a set time limit and talking to them about the dangers of the internet.
Contact police immediately if anyone in the house has received child pornography, if a child has been sexually solicited or if a child has received sexual images.
Visit www.cybersmart.gov.au or www.thinkuknow.org.au for more information.