The Australian Federal Police has warned of a potential surge in online child abuse as parts of the country are plunged back into coronavirus lockdown.
Authorities said there had been a rise in online grooming during earlier shut downs and fear the same thing could happen again.
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“Children are more likely to be targeted during the pandemic as they spend more time online with the possibility of limited adult supervision,” AFP Commander Jamie Strauss told Sunrise.
“The sad fact is that when children increase their activity online, predators also increase their activity and use it as an opportunity to try target and groom children.”
In response, Police are encouraging parents to be aware of the warning signs and to monitor their children’s’ online activity.
“It’s important that you know what your children are doing online and it’s important they feel comfortable to come and speak to you about any concerning activity.”
Strauss says parents should supervise their children when they’re using social networking, video and image sharing, gaming and instant messaging apps as well as websites.
He adds that you should frequently change passwords and have regular honest conversations with kids about their online activity.
For more safety tips, visit thinkuknow.org.au
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