New South Wales Police are urging parents to warn their kids about the dangers of the internet after arresting four men accused of grooming children online.
With school holidays approaching, Police say it’s a timely reminder about the risk of children chatting to strangers online.
A 43-year-old man was arrested at a home in Sans Souci last Thursday after engaging in sexually explicit conversations with someone who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
He was charged with use carriage service-procure under 16 years for sexual activity and was granted strict conditional bail.
A 57-year-old man from Orange was arrested on Wednesday, accused of having sexually explicit conversations with a person online who he believed was a 14-year-old girl.
A 55-year-old man was arrested in Paddington on Thursday and charged with two counts of using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material after detectives engaged with the man online.
He was granted strict bail to reappear in court in August.
A 33-year-old man is accused of having sexually explicit conversations with someone who he believed was a 13-year-old birl.
The man was arrested in Westmead on Friday and charged with two counts of use carriage service-procure under 16 years for sexual activity.
He was refused bail to reappear in court in July.
Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Chris Goddard, said the incidents are a timely reminder for parents and carers to speak with young people about potential dangers online.
“For young people, any online platform that allows them to be in contact with others that they do not know – and have only met in the online environment – can put them at risk.” Det. Acting Supt Goddard said.
“From a police perspective, our priority is protecting children from any type of harm, and we will always utilise every resource at our disposal to locate anyone who uses the internet to groom children.
“While social media apps allow us to be better connected with people we know, they also provide opportunity for people we don’t know to connect with us – and this includes strangers talking to our children.
“With school holidays drawing closer, we want to remind the community to have regular conversations with children about their activities online and how they can keep themselves safe.”