The dangers of social media

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Police are urging young people to be careful when using social media after receiving several reports of teenagers being approached online.

Officers are investigating after receiving two calls at the weekend reporting that a man tried to befriend teenagers online and asking them to open their web cams. Call 101 to report any incidents.

DC Karl Heywood said: “We are currently investigating two reports of young people being contacted by unknown men on social media.

“We would like to remind people to only ever accept people they know in real life as friends on social media, never give any personal details out, and to put high security settings on our accounts.

“Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about online safety, and to make sure they to report any behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable to a responsible adult.

“If you, or someone you know, have been approached online by a stranger who you believe is acting in an unacceptable manner, please contact us immediately on 101.”