GOLD Coast parents are being reminded to keep an eye on their child’s online activity these holidays, after an alleged predator was nabbed by Police.
The 47-year-old from Victoria was arrested at Brisbane Airport on Wednesday night.
It’s alleged he was travelling to Queensland to engage in sexual activity with, what he believed to be, a 14-year-old girl.
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The man was unaware that he was actually engaging with a Task Force Argos investigator posing as the child and was intercepted by detectives.
He is now facing 20 charges, including using a carriage service to ‘groom’ a child under 16 years of age, using a carriage service to transmit indecent material to a person under 16 years of age and using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years of age.
Detectives have renewed calls for parents to remain vigilant about the dangers of their children using social media as this is the seventh arrest of its kind since November 13.
“The increased use of mobile and tablet technologies by children has increased the opportunities for predators to target children online,” Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley of the Child Safety and Sexual Crimes Group said.
“It has also created an environment that limits the ability for parents to properly supervise online activity of their children,” Det Supt Harsley added.
“Parents need to remain vigilant about how their children use these technologies to communicate with others and ensure that they discuss a range of online safety strategies. Constant vigilance is also required and while increased alertness around school holidays is important, these type of offences occur every single day with Queensland children being targeted. Parental supervision is needed every day of the year.”
For important information on how to stay safe online and keep your children safe, head to the police website.