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Kelly urges vigilance over use of video chats and live-streaming

17 October, 2018 - by Catherine Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has urged parents and guardians to be vigilant about children's online use after the NSPCC issued a warning that the use of video chats and live-streaming among children is leaving them vulnerable to abuse.

Catherine Kelly said:

"I would urge parents to be extremely vigilant of their children's usage of the internet.

"The internet is such a big part of our young people's lives, with up to 95 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds owning a smartphone, therefore it is critical that they understand the dangers. 

"While 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.

“I therefore emphasise the importance of parents speaking to their children about the dangerous elements of the internet to ensure that children and young people themselves can keep themselves safe."

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