Belfast Telegraph

Parents warned after schoolgirls targeted on social media

By Bob Malcolm

PUPILS at schools in east and south Belfast have been warned by their principals to be wary of offers of paid modelling work by a man contacting them on Facebook.

Parents have also been asked to check to make sure their daughters have not made contact with the man who contacted them.

The vice principal of Victoria College in south Belfast said that she was contacted by a colleague in Methodist College about the incident.

Hilary Woods, vice principal said that after this occured the students in Victoria College were told about the matter in school assembly, parents were contacted and that the police had attended the school on Wednesday, September 18.

They are said to have also attended Methodist College and Bloomfield Collegiete.

Pupils at Bloomfield Collegiate, an all girls school, in Ballyhackamore in east Belfast were the first to be contacted by a man offering modelling work, but after police contacted other schools about the incident principals at the schools are warning their pupils about the internet offers.

The man also insisted that the girls set up a Skype account – an internet video phone account.

The principal of Bloomfield Collegiate, Dr Lindsey Finch sent a letter to parents stating that the school had received information that a man had been contacting pupils via their Facebook pages and some had accepted the request.

The letter reads: "He then requests that the pupils become involved in paid modelling work and is insistent that they set up a Skype account.

"A modelling session in the King's Hall is also mentioned

"We have warned our pupils of the need to exercise caution when accepting friendship requests.

"As an additional precaution we would ask that you discuss this with your daughter to ensure that such a friendship request has not been accepted.

"Your continued support in maintaining your daughter's online safety is appreciated."

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