Authorities are asking parents to speak to their children about internet safety after they discovered a 26-year-old man using social media apps to upload child sexual abuse images.

The Winnipeg Police Service Internet Child Exploitation unit (ICE) in October noticed child sexual abuse images in connection to a Winnipeg IP address. Now investigating, they discovered between May and June the images were uploaded using Kik, a Canadian messenger app, as well as Instagram.

"The Winnipeg Police Service encourages parents to continue to talk to their children about internet safety," the WPS says in a statement.

Forwarding this to the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa, they began work to determine where the images were coming from. Authorities learnt that a single-family home from the east side of Winnipeg was where the images were being uploaded and executed a search warrant.

A 26-year-old Winnipeg man, Adam Lewis Berk-Charbonneau was arrested and is facing 22 charges including possessing, distributing, and making Child Pornography and Luring by Means of telecommunications.

The WPS says parents can learn more about online sexual exploitation of children and can report tips online.