A horrified mother has shared messages her 12-year-old daughter received from a paedophile on Facebook.
The mother-of-three from Belfast spoke to Belfast Live about her story in the hope it will warn other parents to keep their children safe online.
The anonymous mother, who goes by the name Jane to protect her identity, eventually confronted the man attempting to groom her daughter during a video call.
It was New Year’s Day and my daughter came to me straight away when she got the messages. I told her not to reply to him and that I would handle it.
He sent her a friend request on Facebook first and she didn’t accept it, then he sent her a message, and she just answered the message saying, ‘Do I know you?’
She was sensible enough to know not to accept the friend request but at the same time she shouldn’t have answered the message either.
He said back, ‘No but I like you’. She told him she was 12 and he kept saying he was 15.
The man kept on saying how much he loved the young girl’s ‘eyes and lips’, begging her to accept his friend request and send him pictures.
Concerned about the messages Jane took over the conversation and asked him to send pictures of himself to see if he would send any indecent images.
Eventually however things escalated to the point where Jane could no longer contain her anger and she confronted the online predator on video chat.
Before I started to record the call on my phone, he moved the camera down and showed me himself from the waist down, he thought he was talking to my daughter.
That was me then, I started calling him for everything, I was so angry.
He was just laughing back at me saying he doesn’t care and he loves her, and that’s what got me even more riled up, he kept saying he loved her and he wanted her.
Angry at the stranger Jane shouted and swore at him for pretending to be a 15-year-old boy and told him he would never talk to her daughter again.
Wasting no time Jane called the police but was left disappointed by their response.
She claims it took police nearly 24 hours to come out to her, a situation she has called disgusting, adding she was forced to phone them back about six or seven times on New Year’s Day to see when they were coming out.
Facebook have since removed her daughter’s account and Jane is urging parents to talk to their kids about online safety.
Jane also spoke of her pride in her daughter for knowing that she could come to both her and her dad about incidents online.
A spokesperson has said that police in North Belfast received a complaint of inappropriate behaviour on a social media site on January 1st and that their investigations into this incident are ongoing.