Two South Tyneside schoolboys have been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of a child.
The arrests happened after police were made aware of concerns, on Friday, April 15, around children sharing inappropriate images through a social networking site.
The boys - aged 13 and 12 - were arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of a child. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Enquiries are ongoing into the incident to ensure the safeguarding of those involved and that no children are at risk of being exploited.
Southern Area Command Superintendent Sarah Pitt, of Northumbria Police, said: “We are working closely with schools across South Tyneside to ensure children are aware of the risks around sharing images of themselves and others via text and social network sites and would advise youngsters to think carefully about they share on social networks.
“The internet is an essential tool and social networking sites are a popular way for children to communicate with their friends but we need to make sure they stay safe online and know how to use it responsibly.
“It’s very important that we make sure young people stay safe online and are aware of the risks and what they can do to avoid them.
“Anyone who may have concerns about images they have shared or received should speak with a trusted adult or the police straight away.”
To raise concerns with police ring 101. In an emergency and it if it is urgent always ring 999.