Parents have warned Zepeto after ‘pedophile uses game app to groom child’
A child in Wishaw, Scotland, was allegedly treated on Korean-made social media and gaming app Zepeto, leading police to launch an investigation.
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A child in Scotland was allegedly treated on social media and the game app Zepeto, leading police to open an investigation.
Police Scotland have confirmed they are investigating the recent incident of “online child exploitation” on the app, which happened in Wishaw.
Created in Korea, the app allows users to create an animated 3D version of themselves which they can then use to chat with others around the world, reports the Daily Record.
Police have now warned parents of the dangers social media apps such as Zepeto can pose to children.
They reminded parents to control the apps and content viewed by young people.
Police Force Prevention and Response Officer Michael Steenson said: ‘We are currently investigating an incident of online exploitation using an app known as Zepeto, which recently involved a child from the Wishaw area.
“Social media is now an important part of many people’s lives, but we need to keep children safe online.
“Prevention is key and I would like to remind parents to control the apps and content your child watches.
“We remain committed to tackling online child exploitation and anyone with concerns should contact Police Scotland on 101.”
A description of the Zepeto app reads: “In boundless space, another me in another universe.
“Create who you want to be and meet friends around the world. Go on adventures and bring your ideas to life.
The Mirror has contacted Korean app developer Naver Z Corporation for comment.