Parents need to know threat
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