Avon and Somerset Police are warning parents to be aware of their children’s online habits, after a number of reports of children being approached by sexual predators whilst gaming.
A&S police state that as internet use has risen due in part to the current restrictions, there has also been an increase in reports of young children being targeted by sexual predators online.
Please view this document from Avon and Somerset Police, which contains advice on keeping children safe online and warnings on sites to avoid.
Detective Chief Inspector Larisa Hunt, lead for Operation Topaz, Avon and Somerset Police’s child sexual and internet exploitation team said: “These reports are very worrying, and unfortunately they are on the rise. Parents may think that these apps are harmless but they can provide opportunities for sexual predators to target children. Please talk to your children about staying safe online, make sure you know what they are doing, and who they are talking to at all times.”
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