Derry MLA calls for parents to be internet aware after child offered gaming vouchers in exchange for explicit pictures
15 Aug 2018 3:00 PM
Parents in Derry have been urged to be aware of the dangers of the internet after it emerged that a 12-year-old boy from County Antrim was offered online gaming vouchers in exchange for explicit images on Snapchat. Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Karen Mullan commented: “This is a very worrying development and reinforces the need for parents to be vigilant of what their children are doing and who they are speaking to on social media. "Whilst the internet offers opportunities for us all to connect with each other and engage with society in new ways, it can also expose children and young people to very real dangers. “Technology has become a massive part of our lives, however, children and young people need to be extremely careful about what information they upload onto social media sites. “There has been a rise in the number of indecent images of children on the internet and in this situation a 12-year-old has been asked to provide explicit images in exchange for gaming vouchers. "Whilst the internet offers opportunities for us all to connect with each other and engage with society in new ways, it can also expose children and young people to very real dangers. "I would encourage parents to beware of the dangers of social media and to regularly speak to their children about their use of the internet and apps.”
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