Parents urged to be vigilant over online app

Councillor Colly Kelly has urged parents to be vigilant
Councillor Colly Kelly has urged parents to be vigilant

Parents have been urged to be vigilant after a 10-year-old girl was contacted by a man via an online app.

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said he had been contacted by a concerned parent in Derry, asking him to raise awareness around an app on iPads and iPhones called ‘Live Me,’ understood to be a children’s app.

He said: “She has told me a man on this app asked her daughter, who is just 10 years old, to take down her pants. It’s a very shocking experience for any parent to discover plus the trauma this has caused for the child.

“It’s very brave for this mother to come forward and ask me to alert parents about this and raise awareness about what has gone on here. I have also been in touch with the PSNI and reported the matter.”

Colr Kelly added: “The world has become a very small place indeed and, every day, global connections are made, just at the push of a button. This, combined with the rise of smartphones, means that almost any information can be discovered online at any time.

All that has great advantages, but with those technological advances come inherent dangers, particularly to young children and vulnerable people. It is vital that children are informed about internet safety, and they must be equipped with the contact details of sources of help.”