Australian Federal Police have just issued a very IMPORTANT message that all parents need to read.
In a statement the AFP have said, “Parents, it’s SO important that you know what your kids are doing with their mobile devices.
We’ve just arrested a 36 year old man for soliciting child sexual exploitation material through the everyday apps your kids use.
We’re alleging he used the chat functions within the apps to communicate indecently with children, solicit child exploitation material and to send indecent images.
Our Commander Lesa Gale, who leads the teams engaged with the investigation and prevention of adult and child exploitation, says that child sex offenders are contacting children through mobile phone applications, online games, and social media networks.
“Many parents may not be aware that chat functions appear on several popular applications and games. This includes popular kids’ apps including Animal Jam and Musical.ly, instant messaging such as Kik, console games and other social networking platforms,” Commander Gale says.
She also says there are proactive steps that parents and guardians can take.
“We encourage parents and guardians to know the apps and games their children are using, supervise their children online and talk with their children about online safety.”
Further information about online safety and specific apps can be found on the ThinkUKnow website (thinkuknow.org.au).
Please keep a close eye on your child’s activity both on social media and their gaming apps.
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