Kelly urges parents to be vigilant of children's internet use
Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has urged parents and young people to be extra vigilant online after being made aware of malicious Instagram accounts being set up in the Omagh area.
The party's spokesperson for Children and Young People has reported the sinister accounts to PSNI who have advised parents and young people to screenshot any abusive photos or posts and to report them immediately.
The West Tyrone MLA said:
“I have been contacted by concerned parents about the existence of these malicious and sinister accounts which have been sending nasty and abusive messages about children as young as thirteen.
“Cyber bullying is of massive concern and has been a contributing factor in a number of tragic suicides by young people in this area in the recent past. Those who set up such accounts need to be aware of the hurt they are inflicting and perhaps even leading to potential tragedies.
“I have contacted the PSNI to make them aware of the accounts and asked them to take immediate action in closing the accounts and prosecuting those behind them.
“This week is anti-bullying week, bullying is absolutely unacceptable and I’d once again like to highlight the real dangers that exist online and encourage parents to be extra vigilant, and for young people who are being bullied in any way to report to a family member, a teacher or to a trusted person in the community.”