Bidwill man charged with grooming child

Police have charged a Bidwill man over alleged online grooming of a 14-year-old girl in western Sydney.

In late 2013, the 26-year-old man allegedly made contact with the girl via a social networking site.

Police will allege the two had numerous online conversations which were sexual in nature.

Officers attached to Mt Druitt Local Area Command were alerted to the matter and commenced investigations, yesterday (Tuesday 20 May 2014) arresting a man in Bidwill.

The 26-year-old man was taken to Mt Druitt Police Station where he was charged with procure child for pornographic purposes, use carriage service to procure, use carriage service to solicit child pornography and use carriage service to send indecent material to person under 16. 

He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Mt Druitt Local Court on Thursday 12 June 2014

Meanwhile, police are again urging parents and children to be mindful of the dangers associated with the internet.

Safe internet use – tips for parents:

• Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.

• Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.

• Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites.

• Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access; not in your child's bedroom. 

• Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.

• Ensure you are able to access your child's email and randomly check the contents. 

• Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a 'caller ID' device to identify incoming calls.

• Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.

• Enquire with your child's school, public library, and places they frequent, to find out what internet safety measures they have in place.

• Information on internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation

Tips for children:

• Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don't know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.

• Never give out your personal information, including name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.

• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted with on the internet.

• Tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.

• Remember that pressing ‘send’ is definite and final – you can’t get it back or take it down.

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