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Police issue advice after “inappropriate text messages” sent to schoolchildren

PSNI mum and child talking

Police in west Belfast have been made aware of inappropriate text messages being sent to pupils from a number outside of the United Kingdom/Ireland.

Officers are now encouraging parents/guardians to have conversations with children in their care about who they are speaking to via text message or online.

An investigation is currently ongoing to establish the circumstances.

Chief Inspector Hamilton said:

“We would encourage parents to have regular and open conversations with their children about who they are speaking to on their phones and their wider online activities.

“Having an understanding of the features of their mobile devices, apps and games your children are using, particularly when there is the ability to connect with people they may not know, is important for keeping them safe.”

The Police Service continue to work closely with the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland, local schools, Department of Education and the Education Authority to educate children and highlight the potential dangers, and would appeal to any parents who are concerned that their children may be being groomed or at risk, to contact police on 101, or in an emergency always dial 999.


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