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New Brunswick Police are warning parents after four young New Brunswick children voluntarily shared nude images of themselves online.

RCMP say the children are between the ages of eight and 12. According to the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit the children had not been asked for the images but simply shared them.

Image-sharing is becoming more common, and RCMP are encouraging parents to be vigilant about what children are doing online. It could even be happening in Airdrie. Parents need to be aware of the problem.

Many young people don’t realize that publicly sharing images or videos of a sexual nature, of a person under the age of 18 is a child pornography offense.

Parents are told to tell their children to think of it like this, don't do anything you wouldn't do at the mall. Plus talk with your children openly about such things and be vigilant when it comes to what websites they are visiting, who they are chatting with and generally how they are conducting themselves online.

More advice is available for parents at cybertip.ca.

Do you have any tips for other parents on how you are able to openly have these conversations at home and how else to protect their children and what works for you?

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