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Chester school on alert over indecent online content

Published date: 21 May 2014 |
Published by: Steve Creswell
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INDECENT images and words have been posted on the Facebook pages of four Chester schoolchildren, it has emerged.

Parents and carers of pupils at The Bishops' Blue Coat CE High School are being warned to keep a close eye on the youngsters’ social media use.

Deputy headteacher Peter Coates told the Leader the school in Great Boughton had been alerted by a parent whose child was targeted.

He immediately contacted police and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s safeguarding team, and he also encouraged parents to call the police.

He also sent a letter to parents, which said: “We have been made aware of a very small number of our students who have befriended someone who has posted indecent images and words on their social media accounts.

“This is a concern as the identity of the person is not known. As a result, we have
been in touch with the police and information will be forwarded to them.

“Please would you review the content and appropriateness of your son or daughter’s social media use and ensure their account settings are set to the highest level of security.”

Mr Coates said: “It is my hope this message would prompt parents and carers to have worthwhile, open and frank discussions about this matter with their children, again to promote safety and wellbeing.”

Insp Brian Green, of the Chester Outer Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said the issue had been brought to his attention and lines of enquiry would be followed up.

He added: “We would ask parents to be vigilant when their children are using social media, and to get in touch if they find anything suspicious.”

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