Peter Andre has admitted he's "terrified" about his four children being groomed online by an older person.
Writing in his weekly new! magazine column, singer Pete's comments came as he opened up about backing a Government bill and campaign to protect children on the internet. Here, he also discusses filming with Kate Garraway and The Wanted star Tom Parker's heartbreaking funeral. Sign up – for free! – to see what he has to say.
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Protecting Our Kids
You might have seen that I’ve been supporting Nadine Dorries’ Online Safety Bill. Nadine and I did TV show The Junk Food Experiment together years ago and have remained friends.
She’s now the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and asked me to get involved.
I’ve been pushing for a campaign like this for years as I think it’s so important that children are protected online.
Myself and Junior have filmed a short, hard hitting film for a separate campaign which is supported by the NSPCC to highlight the dangers of online grooming.
We are hoping it will be shown in schools to highlight the dangers to our children.
Lots of people have asked me, “Why do you let your children on social media?” But as a parent it’s impossible to stop your children doing everything, so we need to have protective measures in place for when they are online so they are safe.
I have spoken to Princess and Junior about staying safe online, but it’s still something that worries me as you can’t control other people.
Doing the campaign, I discovered that you can get devices now that change your voice, so a young girl might think they’re talking to a young boy, when really it’s an older man.
That terrified me and makes me worry about the future with Millie and Theo, too. Hopefully through this campaign we can make things safer.
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A Fitting Farewell
It was so sad to see Tom Parker’s loved ones and Wanted bandmates attending his funeral last week.
I must say it was very brave of Max, Nathan, Jay and Siva to carry Tom’s coffin, and it was amazing to see how many of Tom’s fans lined the streets.
I’m sure it gave his wife Kelsey great comfort to have their support and the support of The Wanted boys.
It still breaks my heart to think of how young Tom was. My thoughts are with Kelsey, their children and Tom’s family and friends.
A Busy Bee
It was great to get back into rehearsals for last week after two positive lateral tests kept me away after I got back from Jamaica.
This week we’ll be moving the rehearsals to the Dominion Theatre, where the show will actually be performed.
I can’t wait to be on that West End stage again and I think it will make it feel real. I also appeared on Kate Garraway’s new Saturday morning chat show Garraway’s Good Stuff, which was a lot of fun.
Kate is great and it’s lovely to see her doing so well with all her shows.
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