An important message about staying safe online

Further to a previous blog on a similar subject, I was interested to note that the topic of safety online is being tackled again.

Last night’s edition of 24 Hours in Police Custody addressed the story of 41-year-old “Lee” who handed himself in to Luton Police after admitting to grooming a 12-year-old girl, “Sophie”, online and had arranged to meet her.

Unbeknown to him, Sophie was in fact an adult couple posing as a minor in an attempt to catch paedophiles in the act and encourage them to hand themselves in to police. However Sophie could have just as easily been a young girl/boy looking to make friends on Facebook who whilst doing so could have been lured in to meeting an individual who was seeking to assault or abuse.

At the end of last year, Facebook hit the news again after a father accused them for failing to enforce its age restriction policy when his 11-year-old daughter was found to be exposed to sexual predators online. However, as my previous blog suggests, Facebook is under pressure to monitor age restrictions and take action immediately to remove under age accounts.

However, to own a Facebook account in the first place, you only need to be 13 years of age – and that is still a minor. Parents need to be sure that they remain vigilant against online users, including their own children. Could online usage be limited and could the internet only be accessed from a family computer that is located in an area of the house, such as a living room, where a child can be monitored during their internet usage?

If not, try and encourage your child to tell you about what they are doing online and take an interest in who they are talking to on social media platforms etc., so that you can keep an eye on any unusual activity.

The fact is, there are individuals looking groom young people, especially girls, online and any parent needs to remain in the loop whether or not they are over or under the restricted Facebook age.

If you have been affected by anything shown on last night’s 24 Hoursprogramme, then you can call the Abuse team at Verisona Law who will be happy to help you sensitively deal with your case.

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