Parents encouraged to be vigilant about children's online activities

The New Brunswick RCMP is encouraging parents to be vigilant about what children are doing online.

The warning comes after a number of recent incidents of young people sexually exploiting themselves on the internet.

The RCMP says their Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit identified four children in the province between eight and twelve-years-old who voluntarily shared nude photos or videos of themselves and made them available to the public on various free websites.

Police say all the children have been identified and confirmed to be safe.

The RCMP offers the following tips for parents:
- Know what sites children visit online. Many Internet service providers offer tools to limit or restrict websites
- Regularly monitor the various devices used by children to access the Internet, such as tablets, smart phones and gaming consoles
- Talk to children about what's appropriate for them to do online, and about innappropriate behaviour or requests from others
- Consider making a family contract outlining online rules and have regular check-ins with children about their online activities