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Mums’ alert over teen website

Mums Joanne Boxell and Paula Jones, from Higher Folds, who are warning about the dangers of the internet after Paula's daughter entered a Facebook beauty competition and it attracted obscene comments

Mums Joanne Boxell and Paula Jones, from Higher Folds, who are warning about the dangers of the internet after Paula's daughter entered a Facebook beauty competition and it attracted obscene comments

TWO mums are warning parents and their children about a beauty contest website which has attracted sick messages to young girls.

Paula Jones, 41, was appalled when she noticed some suggestive remarks posted under a photo of her 12-year-old daughter, Michaela, after she entered a teen beauty competition, which she had seen on Facebook.

The youngster had innocently uploaded a photo to Most Beautiful Teen Contest, but when Paula went on the website, she was horrified to read the nature of messages which had been posted on the site.

Michaela, a pupil at St Mary’s Catholic High School, in Astley, quickly withdrew from the site, and now Paula has teamed up with another mum, Joanne Boxell, 26, of Abram, to raise awareness of the site.

Paula said: “Underneath my daughter’s picture was comments from two men, asking how old she was and then one asked if she knew what a paedophile was and to look it up.

“She deleted her photo and left the group, and when I clicked on the link there were lots of young girls, of a similar age, and there were some very crude and suggestive remarks posted and men asking the girls to add them as Facebook friends.

“These girls are only young and would take the comments as a nice compliment and not know what they are getting into.

“I posted a Facebook message on my wall and one mum got in touch with me and has helped me to raise awareness.

“There was no ‘report’ button on the page, so Facebook teams can’t do anything as it is not their site.

“We called the police, but as Facebook hasn’t reported it, there is nothing they can do. Apparently the police get hundreds of calls like this everyday, but they can’t do anything.

“All I can do is raise awareness. You need to vet what your children are doing online, as it is easy to get trapped,”

Joanne added: “The stuff written on the site is disgusting.

“We have tried to report it but the person who runs this Most Beautiful Teens group keeps changing the site details.

“It just isn’t normal and girls and their parents need to be warned and made aware of this.”

The Evening Post visited the website and while there were some innocent comments made by fellow peers, we did find some disturbing comments relating to pictures of young teenage girls.

Despite the website stating: “No mature content and please comment responsibly.

“Failure to follow these rules may result in legal action,” there was no contact details to report any misuse or to request a comment.

 
 
 

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