A CHILDREN’S charity today said that it was “paramount” that youngsters learn about the dangers posed by “groomers” on Facebook.
Children 1st said that social media was the modern way for abusers to build relationships with youngsters in order to exploit their trust.
The News told yesterday how pervert David Jamieson, from Leith, admitting bombarding an autistic 13-year-old girl with sexually explicit messages on the social networking site.
Alison Todd, director of children and families at Children 1st, said: “Sadly, we know abusers use any methods available to build relationships with children – social media being another way of exploiting their trust.
“It’s paramount young people know how to keep themselves safe online.
“We were surprised when we did a survey to find that over half of parents hadn’t set parental controls on their online devices.
“It’s everybody’s responsibility to protect children and we urge parents to educate themselves about the risks their children can face online.”