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Avon and Somerset Police are investigating after they had four reports of schoolboys being contacted online by someone using the profile of a similarly-aged girl.
It’s understood the boys, all from North Somerset, were contacted through Facebook between Tuesday 21 April and Friday 24 April.
The messages contained inappropriate sexual references, including an image of a semi-clothed girl, and the boys were asked to share images of themselves.
Officers were alerted by the 12-year-olds’ concerned parents on Saturday 25 April.
The police have issued advice for parents about online safety here:
Anyone whose children have been sent similar messages is being asked to contact police.
The key online safety messages for children are:
- Don’t make friends online with someone you don’t know in real life
- Don’t give out personal information or contact details online
- Don’t tell people where you are going to be
- Never arrange to meet in person someone you have met online
- If you’re worried by something you’ve seen online, tell a parent, carer or teacher – or you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111
Churchill Academy in Cheddar has issued a letter to parents warning them about potential inappropriate behaviour via the social networking site Facebook.
It comes after the school was contacted by a parent who raised concerns about a suspect online Facebook profile. Police are now investigating.