Young people urged to be vigilant while online after reports of unknown man approaching teens

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Young people are being urged to be vigilant when using social media following several reports of teenagers being approached by a man online.

Officers from Beds Police are investigating after receiving two reports over of the weekend about a man trying to befriend teenagers online and requesting that they open their web cams.

Det Con Karl Heywood said: “We’re currently investigating two reports of young people being contacted by unknown men on social media.

“We’d like to remind people to only ever accept people they know in real life as friends on social media, never given any personal details out, and to put high security settings on your accounts.

“Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about online safety, and to make sure they know to report any behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable to a responsible adult.

“If you, or someone you know, have been approached online by a stranger who you believe is acting in an unacceptable manner, please contact us immediately on 101.”

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Find out more about how to stay safe online on the Bedfordshire Police website by clicking here