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A horrified dad has released screenshots of messages his seven-year-old daughter received from a predator online, in the hope of warning other parents of the dangers of the popular app.

US father Brad Summer took to Facebook to post images of the scary text exchange between his daughter and a person posing as a nine-year-old on an app called musical.ly.

“First I want to say how proud of our daughter I am and want this to be a warning to your families,” Brad wrote.

He then shared a stream of screenshots from texts his daughter had received on the app, asking her what her age was, before telling her to send “pics without t-shirt”.

While the girl sent a cute photo showing her smiling at the camera, the person on the other end kept asking her to take a picture of her “body without t-shirt”.

The little girl then told the person, who was posing as a nine-year-old, that she couldn’t because her mum told her not to, reported Yahoo.

Instead of leaving it there, the person then got forceful, texting: “Make some pics without t-shirt now” and “It’s secret between us only”.

Brad intercepted saying, “I am her father and I am a police officer. We have documented you IP address and location. I recommend that you refrain from any other contact”.

Brad then explained on Facebook that his daughter doesn’t have her own phone and was using the app on one of her parent’s devices.

“I know many will blame us parents for this happening. But we never thought like predators and I guess we were naive in thinking that our daughter was safe on what we thought to be a kid friendly app,” he said.

“We have learned the hard way. I ask that you not judge us (many still will) but let our experience teach us all.”

Brad said his daughter mainly used the app to record music videos with her cousins and “make goofy duets of songs together”.

“We have accepted friends of theirs and our daughter believed this was another one,” he said.

“I never thought of someone pretending to be 9 to gain access to my child. We live and learn and I continue to do so everyday as a parent.”

His post has gone viral with over 75,000 shares.

Brad said the police have seized the person’s IP address and the investigation is ongoing.

Earlier this year we shared that a QLD mum mother was left horrified after a paedophile exposed himself to her ten-year-old daughter as she chatted to her friends on the popular app Musical.ly.

Read moreWarnings after online predator targets young girl via popular app

Please always be aware of what your child is doing online. Regularly check apps and talk to them about what they are doing.

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  • My 9 year old was targeted in a similar way and luckily we found out before things went too far.

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  • i won’t let my kids use apps that need to go onto the internet. my eldest has told me that her friends use this app and so i did a quick search on google and found that a lot of people have said to avoid this app because of this reason. There was a lot of advice on protecting yourself if you did use the app but i just said nope and wouldn’t download it. It’s not worth putting my kids at risk and i’m sure that they would have more fun doing other things anyway

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  • This is so frightening. It’s another example highlighting how important cyber safety is and well done to the little girl who knew not to give in. I hope they find the creep.

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  • This is just sickening, a little innocent seven year old. Glad the child went to the parents and may the predator rot in hell.

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  • What a scary thing to happen. Thank goodness your daughter listened to her parents and refused to do as asked. I hope they catch the person who tried to get their daughter to do this.

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  • So awful! It’s such a shame that our wonderful leaps in technology only serve to assist scum like this to gain access to our children … I hope the beast is caught and dealt with!

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  • Terrible and very scary for this family and glad the dad was onto it and hopefully this predator will be stopped!

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  • So scary !
    Praying protection over our children and hope that never ever something bad will happen to them !

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  • The world is a much scarier place these days.

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  • I wish there was some team of IT gurus who would track these people down and hold them accountable!

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  • That gives me chills. It’s disgusting this world that we’re living in!

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  • So glad the girl and her father were on the ball and do hope this low life is caught and punished.

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  • OMG, she’s 7 year’s old. Thank God she was smart enough to tell her parents. It’s an agreement we have with our son, too. If things don’t seem right online, tell us and we’ll work through it. I’ve heard bad things about this app, and it continues to surprise me. As parents, it’s so hard to try and keep up but we have to remain vigilant.

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  • Children have to be taught that these things happen and be aware of the dangers.

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  • Some very sick people out there. We should all be thankful that her parents are caring and had warned her of dangers and what not to do. We must keep our children safe!!! It can be a very scary world we live in..

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