23 February 2024 4:11 PM
Pupils at Brune Park secondary school in Gosport, Hampshire, are being investigated over allegations that sexual abuse images of babies and young children were shared on Snapchat

news: Police launch probe over allegations of pupils ‘sharing child abuse images on Snapchat’ which emerged during school event on safer internet use

  • Hampshire Police have now launched a probe into the horrific allegations  

School pupils are being investigated by police following allegations that they shared sex abuse images of babies and young children on Snapchat.  

Brune Park secondary school in Gosport, Hampshire, became aware of the claims that horrific child porn was being shared on social media after holding an event to encourage safer use of the internet.

Hampshire Police have now launched a probe with a ‘concerning social media group’ said to be at the heart of the investigation. 

Parents were informed on Thursday that content had allegedly been shared among students over Snapchat, an app popular with young people where messages disappear from the platform once read.

Leaders at Brune Park, which has 1,300 pupils aged between 11 and 16, have since urged parents to check their children’s devices.

Pupils at Brune Park secondary school in Gosport, Hampshire, are being investigated over allegations that sexual abuse images of babies and young children were shared on Snapchat

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The content had allegedly been sent on the picture-sharing app where messages disappear once read. Pictured: File photo of a child using Snapchat 

Social media site Snapchat called the reports ‘horrific’ and is working with Hampshire Constabulary.

A police spokesperson said: ‘We have been made aware of a concerning social media group being accessed by school children in the Gosport area.

‘This is a serious incident and investigating officers will be working closely with local schools to follow up all lines of enquiry and ensure the ongoing safety of pupils.’

A spokesperson on behalf of the Gosport and Fareham Trust, which runs the school, said: ‘We were made aware of concerning content being shared on social media.

‘We took the decision to proactively contact our families to make them aware of what was being shared. We are unable to share further information as this is a police investigation.’

A Snapchat spokesperson said:  ‘These reports are horrific and our safety team is urgently investigating. 

‘Any sexual abuse of children is horrendous and has no place on Snapchat. When we are made aware of this type of content – either through our proactive detection technology or reporting – we remove it immediately, terminate offending accounts and work with the police to support their investigations. 

‘We also provide parental controls so parents can see who their teens are talking to on Snapchat and have conversations about how to be safe online.’

MailOnline has contacted the school and Snapchat. 


Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13074255/Police-launch-probe-claims-pupils-allegedly-shared-child-abuse-images-Snapchat-come-light-school-event-safer-internet-use.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490&rand=1270

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