Limavady Mayor issues warning after report of ‘online grooming’

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Limavady Mayor Alan Robinson has issued a warning to parents about the dangers of online grooming after hearing from a local parent who said their child had been targeted.

On his Facebook page on Thursday, DUP Colr. Robinson warned parents about the dangers that exist to children online.

On his Facebook page, Mayor Robinson said: “I woke this morning with a disturbing report from a local parent, telling me that his 11-year-old child had been targeted by a groomer online.

“He says that the matter’s now in the hands of the police being investigated.”

The mayor said the parent “pleaded with me to alert other parents to the dangers posed online asking that their child’s activity is heavily monitored.”

Mayor Robinson added: “Solid advice.”

In response, one parent said it was “scary, as young children are so trusting”.

The NSPCC say: “Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know - for example a family member, friend or professional. Groomers may be male or female. They could be any age. Many children and young people don’t understand that they have been groomed, or that what has happened is abuse.”