|Warning after man asks three girls, aged 11, 12 and 13, to expose themselves over internet
Police are sending a timely reminder to parents to be vigilant about whom their children speak to online after a man asked three young Wigan girls to expose themselves.
On 30 November 2013, police received a report that a man had asked three young three girls, aged 11, 12 and 13 to expose themselves.
Officers have been able to establish that the three were on the chatroom while together at a house in the Stubshaw Cross area when they began chatting to a man believed to be in his early 20s.
He exposed himself to the girls and asked them to do the same, which they did.
The site does not have any log in details or passwords, making it easily accessible.
Detective Constable Susan O'Connell, based at Wigan police station, said: “With Christmas fast approaching many children are likely to be given their first computer or smart phone giving them instant access to the internet.
“While this will open up a whole new world to them it is important they and their parents are aware of the darker side of the World Wide Web.
“Sadly, we see all too often that there are predatory individuals out there who will not think twice about taking advantage of young, vulnerable and impressionable children for their own malevolent gains.
“If you are buying an internet-ready device for your child please sit down with them and have a serious and frank discussion about what sites they should and shouldn’t visit and the dangers of talking to strangers online.
“It is also important that parents see what safety features are available on these devise and their service provider and take all steps possible to prevent access to unsavoury and unsafe websites.”