PARENTS have been urged to call the police if a “girl named Ava Taylor” contacts their child on Instagram.
A man is said to be posing as Ava, a 13-year-old girl, and sending friend requests to a number of youngsters.
A warning was first sent out to students at Oasis Academy Brislington, Bristol, as a number of students were contacted.
It is understood that the man’s Instagram page is filled with “horrible pictures and videos”, Bristol Post reported.
One parent said her son received a request, but luckily they quickly realised it was suspicious.
The school sent out a safeguarding message which said: “Oasis Academy Brislington SAFEGUARDING MESSAGE.
“We have received information that a male is contacting young people on Instagram claiming to be a 13 year old girl.
“He is communicating under the name ‘Ava Taylor’.
“Please be aware and ensure you discuss this with your child. If you have any concerns please contact us or the Police.”
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A spokesman for Oasis Community Learning told Bristol Live: “Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.
“If one of our academies are made aware of any safeguarding risks they follow strict protocols to make the situation safe.
“As per our procedures, Oasis Academy Brislington sent out a communication to parents at the end of last week to be vigilant with regards to their child’s social media activities following reports that a local young person had received inappropriate messages from an unknown source.
“As at all of our academies, Oasis Academy Brislington has a continuous schedule of age-appropriate lessons and assemblies for all of our students on how to stay safe, including staying safe online.
“We work closely with our partners at Avon and Somerset police on all safeguarding issues.
“Should any of our parents have any concerns on this or any other issue, they are encouraged to contact their academy directly.”
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