In March 2018, Merseyside Police contacted schools and asked them to publicise to parents the following advice about the dangers of young people using the app Snapchat:
Merseyside Police have seen a dramatic increase in incidents relating to “Snap Chat”. We would like to urge parents to take their children off this App. We are investigating a number of incidents involving pornographic and indecent material and are aware that it is a site used by paedophiles. We are aware that many young people will be sent videos and pictures from people they do not know and natural curiosity is resulting in young people being exposed to some very unsavoury images and content which is not appropriate for young children under the age of 18 yrs.