Bieber impersonator grooms child

Police warn parents about online dangers for their children
Police warn parents about online dangers for their children Contributed

POLICE are reminding parents about online dangers after a child was groomed by a person pretending to be pop singer Justin Bieber.

On Monday, a 10-year-old Sydney girl sent a friend request via an internet video chat program to a person whose profile included Bieber's photograph and personal details, such as his birth date.

In subsequent online video conversations, the person allegedly asked the child to model revealing clothing.

The girl told her mother, who reported it to police.

"This incident serves as an important reminder that online predators will stop at nothing to groom children," said Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, the Commander of the State Crime Command's Sex Crimes Squad.

"We advise parents to educate their children about these dangers and to warn them to be wary of anyone who claims to be famous."

Investigations into this incident are continuing.

Anyone with information about online-grooming offences should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging children and teenagers to check the settings on social networking pages - change it so that only those you know and trust can see anything about you.

Beware that even if your settings are secure, your friends may not and this could leave you vulnerable.  

Topics:  grooming online police

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