Police are warning parents to be vigilant about their kids’ internet activity as young children found sharing nude images of themselves online.

The RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit identified four children aged eight to 12 in recent months who shared nude pictures or videos of themselves and made them available to the public on various free websites, reports Yahoo.

The kids hadn’t been pressured or asked to post the images, but rather simply shared them on their own volition.

“It is unfortunately becoming more common for young people, even children, to share exploitative photos and videos of themselves online,” said Sgt. Chantal Farrah of the New Brunswick RCMP.

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Experts say that instances like these likely happen far more often than many people might realise.

Advice for parents

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Protect Kids Online has other advice for parents to prevent their kids from self-exploitation:

  • Discuss the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships with your teen.
  • Explain the importance of establishing and respecting personal boundaries when using technology.
  • Discuss the types of problems that may arise from sharing private and intimate information electronically, including pictures and videos.
  • Teach your adolescent that it is illegal to distribute an intimate image of someone without their consent.

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  • Safe here my kids have no interest and never go near it except for the racing results we look up


  • This is so sad. Young lives are being manipulated. I would hope most 8 year olds were not on social media but I guess they are.


  • I personally wouldn’t have let my kids have social media at this young age. They don’t really understand the implications


  • Why are parents allowing young children to have social media!


  • Why do children as young as 8 even have social media? This world is just crazy!


  • So wrong for children of this age to be doing this. Once again, where are their parents? Supervision is required and it’s the parents job to supervise. If you don’t like this role as a parent, then don’t have children.


  • This makes me feel ill. Why are children even thinking of doing this? I wish people would supervise online time for young people. They really shouldn’t be on the internet at all.


  • This is concerning. Very important that we chat openly about this with our kids.


  • Wow so young! This is a concern for my daughter as sh grows up too


  • It is not just parents who need to be alert to this. At some schools children use computers (school owned) in their classrooms at a younger age than that. That means teachers need to be alert too.


  • It’s such a challenge keeping on top of their online activity.


  • Online safety needs to start from such a young age these days.


  • This is very scary for all parents.


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