Be cautious on social media

Police are appealing for caution when using social media
Police are appealing for caution when using social media

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

Officers are investigating after receiving two calls last weekend reporting that a man had been trying to befriend teenagers online and requesting they open their web cams.

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

“We’d 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 your accounts.

“Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about online safety, and to make sure they know 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.”

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.