A NUMBER of Omagh schools and parents have contacted police over fake Snapchat accounts showing inappropriate and threatening content.
The accounts have been displaying a wide range of images, videos and messages unsuitable for school pupils along with threatening messages and personal information about staff members and other pupils.
The police were first contacted about the fake accounts in Omagh on Monday and they are now carrying out a full investigation into the matter.
One concerned parent said “I hope this is investigated seriously and whoever is behind it are made an example off,” while another said “parents need to talk to their children about the dangers of social media. I am shocked by what I see on these sites.”
A spokesman for the police warned parents about the emergence of the Snapchat accounts and groups that are being set up with fake details.
“Within these groups a wide range of images, videos and messages are being posted showing inappropriate content unsuitable for school pupils along with threatening messages and personal information about staff members and other pupils.
“All Snapchat details have been collected regarding these fake accounts and Police will be conducting investigations given the concern across the community.
“Police are keen to remind children and parents who use social media sites to be mindful of who they are friends with online and for parents to keep an eye on their children’s online activity.”