A alleged case of sexual grooming at a Donington school has emerged at the same time as a campaign promoting online safety amongst children.
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man from Holbeach on suspicion of inciting engagement in sexual activity involving a student at Thomas Cowley High School.
The man has been bailed until March while enquiries continue, adding renewed urgency to a Share Aware campaign by the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).
Share Aware is aimed at parents and carers of children aged between eight and 12 to help them understand the dangers of online use, including social networks and websites.
Lincolnshire Police is backing the campaign and a spokesman said: “Share Aware aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.
“Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across.
Martyn Taylor, headteacher of Thomas Cowley High School, said: “We applaud this initiative by the NSPCC and the support given to it by Lincolnshire Police.
“We are only too aware, as a school, of the constant dangers lurking on the internet which is why we feature online safety in our work with students.
“It is not just a case of parents and young people being aware of the dangers but that young people should be equipped with such a strong sense of self so they do not respond to the temptations hidden away just below the surface of the online community.
“As a headteacher and parent, I feel that constant vigilance is vital, tempered by mutual trust and an understanding of the adolescent world.”