Par­ents need to know threat

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CINDY WOCKNER vised way, that is what we are see­ing, younger and younger chil­dren in this self-pro­duced sex­u­ally ex­plicit ma­te­rial,” Cdr Gale says.

In many cases, it is seem­ingly nor­mal and harm­less apps which the chil­dren are us­ing and where they are talk­ing on­line with oth­ers.

They up­load pic­tures of them­selves and of­ten their pri­vate parts in re­turn for “vir­tual gifts” used in games or in ex­change for be­ing told how they are beau­ti­ful. Di­rect mes­sag­ing ser­vices and chat func­tions mean chil­dren are talk­ing on­line to some­one who may be us­ing a fake iden­tity and mis­rep­re­sent­ing them­selves.

This in­cludes gam­ing apps like Minecraft and Roblox and pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia apps like Mu­si­cal.ly, In­sta­gram and Snapchat.

“Par­ents and car­ers need to know at all times where their de­vices are, who is us­ing them, limit their (chil­dren’s) ac­cess to the in­ter­net and su­per­vise their chil­dren on­line,” Cdr Gale says.

“It is im­por­tant for par­ents to re­ally re­alise you are open­ing the door for preda­tors to have un­wanted con­tact with

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