Police have issued a warning after revealing a rise in the amount of inappropriate messages and photographs sent to Tayside kids at school.
The force says these are being circulated via social media apps throughout schools from individuals unknown to the recipient.
It has issued a few tips for parents and young people to keep themselves safe online.
- Don’t accept any friends requests on any app on online gaming from a person you don’t know
- Don’t engage in any conversation or send photographs with people you don’t know and block them
- It’s healthy for parents/guardians to have conversations with children and young people about their online life. Trust is important
- Report any behaviour of this type to a person you trust, whether it be a relation, friend, teacher or a police officer
- Stay healthy in your online behaviour and challenge what you believe to be inappropriate – make sure you speak to someone you trust
- For further advice regarding social media apps, download an app from the NSPCC called ‘Netaware’, which will provide you with all the information you need
If you need any other support or advice contact Police Scotland on 101.