Parents across the country are being warned to be vigilante of a criminal video circulating on social media.
Police and teachers have asked parents to check their children’s phones for a “disturbing video” involving indecent images of two children.
Contact has been made in a number of regions, including Bristol, where Cotham School sent a text explaining the situation. Children from other schools have already been sent the footage, according to the Bristol Post .
The film, the source of which is a fake social media account, is said to contain “very explicit sexual imagery”, the school said.
“Dear parent/carer, it has come to our attention that a film containing very explicit sexual imagery involving children NOT KNOWN TO THE SCHOOL has been circulation among our students and those in other schools in the city today,” Cotham School said.
“Please check your child’s phone. We understand it is via Instagram.”
Police forces and schools elsewhere have sent similar communication in a bid to ensure children’s safety. Police say those who do watch it could be committing a crime.
It is believed that the children in the footage are from Hampshire, while a 25-ear-old man from Greater Manchester has been arrested in connection with its making. He was arrested on Monday December 4 and remains in custody.
The man is suspected of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
In a statement, Hampshire Police said officers were investigating and specialists have been supported those involved.
“Officers would like to remind people that it is an offence to hold or share such content, and if you do receive images or video content, you should delete them immediately,” the statement added.
The force called on anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to call 101, quoting crime reference number 4417 046 5274.
Police also warned it was not just on Instagram that the video was being shared but Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube as well.