Yellowknife’s YK1 school board has sent a memo to parents warning of a potential online predator.
The school board says it has been informed by police that someone is posing as a 16-year-old girl on Facebook and inviting young boys to post nude pictures and meet up with them.
YK1 staff has been asked to review internet safety with their students. The school board asks that parents do the same.
“The prevalence of social media and information technology has changed communications for all generations of Canadians, including children,” said RCMP in a statement.
“New technologies have brought a new level of connectivity, but have also brought unique safety challenges into families.
“Cyber bullying, child luring, and child exploitation can be intimidating topics for parents and caregivers to think about, however raising awareness on these subjects can be an important tool in protecting the entire family.”
Police say it’s important for children to understand:
- Not to give out their name, phone number, email address, passwords, or photos without your permission
- Not to open email from people they do not know
- Not to respond to hurtful or disturbing messages
- Not to get together with people they “meet” online