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Police chief urges children to use social media carefully

Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan distributing awareness pamphlets to students.

Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan distributing awareness pamphlets to students.  

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‘Prevention of Child Abuse Day’ observed

City Police Commissioner A.K.Viswanathan on Tuesday advised schoolchildren not to accept or send friend requests to unknown persons on social media networks.

‘Prevention of Child Abuse Day’ was observed by the city police on Tuesday. On the occasion, the police’s special wing for women and children organised a programme at the Presidency Higher Secondary School For Girls, to raise social awareness among schoolchildren.

Inaugurating the programme, Mr. Viswanathan said “Young students should not to send any ‘friend request’ or chat with unknown persons over social media networks.”

“They should be aware of the dangers of sharing personal and sensitive information/pictures online.” he added.

Vigilance imperative

Advising girls to be more vigilant, he said statistics showed that crimes against children were committed mostly by persons who were known to them.

Young boys can inform their friends or teachers if they sense any danger, he said.

Over 2.5 lakh closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed across the city with a view to enhance women’s security, the city police have launched Pink Police Patrol vehicles, he said.

Chennai is a safer city for women and children, and a special wing of the police was functioning here to handle crimes against women and children, he said.

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