Pleasanton police are trying to track down a person who contacted local children earlier this year using Instagram and other social media sites to ask them for inappropriate photos of themselves.

Several students at the Pleasanton Unified School District were contacted by an adult user through Instagram in January and February of this year, according to Pleasanton police. School administrators had no idea until hearing students talk about it on campus, according to Parvin Ahmadi, the district superintendent.

The district contacted police, who are now working with Instagram to identify the user. Messages left for the police and Instagram were not immediately returned. The district also sent out a letter to all parents Thursday, notifying them about the incidents and encouraging families to discuss safe social media use with their children.

"Parents of all grade levels need to know that this is something that happens on social media," said Nicole Stewart, a Pleasanton Unified spokeswoman.

The district also sent out a link to tips for responsible use of social media sites, reminding young adults to never reveal their name, address, phone number or password to strangers or open messages from strangers. Parents who suspect their children may have been contacted on social media sites are urged to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.

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