Internet safety warning for Naas children

Paul O’Meara

Reporter:

Paul O’Meara

Children living in the greater Naas area have been warned against befriending people they don’t know on social networking websites.

Children living in the greater Naas area have been warned against befriending people they don’t know on social networking websites.

This comes amid fears that an unknown person, seemingly living in the Naas/Sallins area, has managed to befriend a number of young girls aged between 11 and 14 via a popular social networking site.

Some schools in the region have had a social media expert come to speak about cyber bullying and internet safety and to advise on what to do in the event of being approached online by an unknown person.

The children are warned not to accept friend requests unless they actually know the person, even if they appear to be young and have already befriended others in the same age group and social circle.

Children should be particularly wary of anybody asking them for photographs.

At least one young girl was approached via Facebook to befriend an unknown individual masquerading as an attractive teenage boy, who already has more than 60 “Facebook Friends”, almost all of whom are teenage girls living in Co. Kildare.

Once you befriend another via Facebook all of your friends become known to this person.

Nevertheless, Naas gardai have received no complaints about alleged inappropriate contact with any young girl in the area - either from a parent or a school representative.

Anyone who is concerned or alerted can contact the gardai for advice and assistance.