Pupils in primary and secondary schools across Dundee are being targeted by online perverts, a city police officer has said.
Officers will be giving a talk to pupils and parents next week about the potential dangers of social media and staying safe online as city children – some as young as eight – continue to receive seedy messages from predators on Facebook, Snapchat, Houseparty and other social media sites.
Sergeant Lesley Mann, who heads up community policing in Strathmartine, said she had grave concerns that primary and secondary school pupils remained a target for online perverts.
As a result, police officers will head to Ardler Primary School on December 18 to talk to parents and children about internet safety.
Sgt Mann said: “The school has invited us to talk about keeping children safe on the internet and social media and to get parents to understand the danger their children are exposed to.
“I would also appeal to other schools to invite us to talk about the dangers our children are exposed to through the internet and social media.”
Earlier this year, Sgt Mann revealed that she was leading a drive to increase internet safety and warned that youngsters were putting themselves at risk.
Her action came as it was revealed that local school pupils were being persuaded to send explicit images of themselves.
She said: “This is still happening.
“We are aware that both boys and girls at primary and secondary schools are still being targeted by people for sexual purposes.
“We all have a duty to keep our children safe and police, schools and parents all need to work together to explain to our children the dangers of using social media.
“Parents must be aware that if their children have a mobile phone they can connect to the internet and become vulnerable to this sort of approach.
“Children throughout the city are at risk.
“I am pleading with parents to take responsibility for their children’s online safety, and by going to the schools we can spread this message.”
Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and video calling app Houseparty all state that users must be aged 13 and above and say they “do not knowingly” collect data from users younger than 13.