Naked picture craze putting children at risk in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2015

"Baited pages" require young people to submit a naked picture of one of their peers to be able to access their page

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Police have warned parents of the “potentially horrible consequences” of not monitoring children’s phones after the Recorder uncovered shocking internet profiles inciting young people to share naked pictures of their peers.

Our investigation revealed social media profiles – called “baited pages” – encouraging children to share pictures to “name and shame” others have started to spread across the borough.

No cases have yet been reported to Redbridge Police but Det Ch Insp Neil Lemon said: “My officers have worked and continued to work with a number of schools to educate young people on staying safe.

“It is important that children listen to us, listen to their schools and listen to their parents in order to stay safe.”

Cllr Elaine Norman, deputy leader of Redbridge Council and cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is horrible. I think it is concerning we were not aware of it and it is really something we need to look into.”

Pages are understood to have been set up across Redbridge, targeting specific towns and schools – some with hundreds of followers.

Internet safety expert Laura Higgins said: “The message to young people should be no-one has the right to post these images on any social media and they will not have anywhere to hide if the police get involved because these pages are illegal.”

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