Mr Heysen said when people met someone new it was important to get to know the person and trust them before introducing them to friends and family.
and while they have been away, their new ‘partner’ has sexually abused their children,” he said.“Our team intercepted sexually abusive images of young children in the course of our daily investigations, examined them and identified the location of the victims that were being sexually abused."We were the ones who notified the children's mothers – they didn't have a clue that this was happening,” he said.
Det-Insp Rouse said in 2014 there were three incidents over a period of six months relating to this issue.
Ms Ronken said parents who used dating sites should be extremely cautious and put in strategies to protect their children, such as not posting photos of them or disclosing their names.“Single parents using these sites have been targeted in the past and if parents don’t take the appropriate precautions they will be putting their children at risk,” she said.
CEO for major Australian dating site Oasis.com, Dave Heysen, said Oasis urged its members to be familiar with their safe dating guidelines when meeting new people.“This rule applies to all members, including single parents,” he said.
International ambassador for online child safety Alicia Kozakiewicz runs The Alicia Project to provide support for victims of abduction and sexual exploitation.