Kelly urges parents to be vigilant of children's internet use
Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has urged parents to be aware of the dangers of the internet and to regularly talk to their children about their use of social media platforms, apps and websites.
The party’s spokesperson for Children and Young People made the calls after it emerged that a 12-year-old boy from County Antrim was offered online gaming vouchers in exchange for explicit images on Snapchat.
“This is a very worrying development and reinforces the need for parents to be vigilant of what their children are doing and who they are speaking to on social media.
"Whilst the internet offers opportunities for us all to connect with each other and engage with society in new ways, it can also expose children and young people to very real dangers.
“Technology has become a massive part of our lives, however, children and young people need to be extremely careful about what information they upload onto social media sites.
“There has been a rise in the number of indecent images of children on the internet and in this situation a 12-year-old has been asked to provide explicit images in exchange for gaming vouchers.
"I would encourage parents to beware of the dangers of social media and to regularly speak to their children about their use of the internet and apps.”