A senior police inspector has urged parents to “be intrusive” to help keep their children safe from the dangers of social media and sexting.
Inspector Colin Taylor, of the north-east division’s partnerships and events unit, oversees the force’s five school liaison officers, who work all across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, as well as its three officers who are based in schools in Aberdeen.
Since he started in the role almost three years ago, Insp Taylor said one of the most important topics teachers request his team give lessons on is internet safety and the issue of youngsters sending sexually explicit images, videos and messages.
He explained that although it is important for mums and dads to respect their children’s privacy, there is a point where a parent’s responsibility takes precedence.
He said: “It used to be that it was something we encountered occasionally, but now we’re finding that we really need to spend quite a lot of time in the classroom doing our ‘internet and the law’ input, including sexting, to educate young people about the wider consequences.”