Words of advice for Parents and Young People
Police in Cheshire are advising parents to be vigilant following a suspicious incident that took place over the schools holidays.
A Cheshire family received a phone call from a man purporting to be giving tutoring sessions on behalf of the local primary school and that he would be doing extra math's tuition with the girl, which he named.
On enquiry with the school they had not made any arrangements for out of school tutoring and the matter was reported to police.
PC Liz Stanton from the Safer Schools & Young Persons Partnership said: "The man named the girl which leads us to speculate that she may have revealed personal information on social media. I would advise parents to be vigilant and to confirm with the school your children go to any out of hour's tuition. "I'd also ask you remind children that it is important not to put personal details on social media."
Protect yourself online:
Only accept friend requests and other types of communication from people who you know and trust.
Adjust your privacy settings so that you are in control of your profile and you know who is able to view it.
Be aware that Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media usually have some form of age restriction; Facebook for example is 13 years and upwards.
If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of online bullying, be sure to block the communications from the person sending them to you and report them to the site administrators.
Advice for parents:
Try to put the computer in an easy to see place in the home so that you can monitor what sites your child is visiting
Check out the websites your child is using, just like you'd check out a school or a youth group they might visit. Have a look and make a judgement whether you think it is a safe environment for them to be involved in.
Set up reasonable guidelines and limits for internet usage. Understand that it may be a big part of their life but that it needs to be regulated
Explain to your children why it is important for them never to give out personal details or post pictures of themselves publicly, just like you would when you explain to them not to talk to strangers