The Medicine Hat Police Service has charged a 37-year-old man with two counts of luring a child under 16 years of age and two counts of invitation to sexual touching.

Police believe the man made contact with the victims through social media.

He was released on bail with numerous conditions and will next appear in court on July 7, 2016.

The police remind the public to remain vigilant in checking children’s online activity, the police said in a news release.

The release also advises:

  • Keep your pages private. Only allow “friends” or designated people to see your information.
  • Don’t share personal information online. Many people want to post their school, work, etc. on their pages. Don’t do it! This is more information that a predator could use to stalk you with.
  • Keep your pictures to a minimum. One or two pictures you want to share with friends is OK. Anything more is a potential danger. If you want to show more photos, try emailing them to your friends and family or make them completely private
  • Don’t talk, add or chat with people you don’t know and have never met. Just because you have heard a name or share a mutual friend does not mean that person is safe, so block them and don’t communicate with them
  • If a stranger attempts to contact or add you online, tell a family member and write down the name. Don’t delete what the stranger sends you. If something happens to you, they may need that information to track them and save your life. Don’t talk about your daily routine or anything too personal. Your family and friends already know about you, they don’t need to see all your personal information posted online. Special events can be shared over phone or email, not social media networking.