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Girls (9 and 11) raise alarm after being targeted by predator online

Police have warned parents to be vigilant about the websites their children are visiting after two Northern Ireland girls were targeted online by a predator.

The pair, aged 9 and 11, immediately recognised the threat and raised the alarm with their parents.

Writing on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page, a police spokesperson said it was "a good news story of sensible kids" but "an alarming reminder of what chat sites and apps on your child's devices can mean".

The incident happened while the two girls were using anonymous chat site Omegle, which operates in a similar way to Chat Roulette.

"The girls had been speaking to a male on the website who has asked them to reveal themselves and perform sexual acts," the spokesperson said.

"Thankfully, on this occasion they did the right thing and alerted an adult before they compromised themselves but were both extremely upset as a result, understandably so.

"We live in a world where evil people will try all sorts of things to exploit the vulnerable. We need to be aware and alert to that, and take whatever steps we can to minimise that risk."

The spokesperson added that parents should be aware of the sites and apps their children are using, and make sure sufficient blocks are set up on their devices.

Parents were also urged to tell their children not to show private photographs to anyone.

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