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UK NewsChildren at risk waiting for social media grooming law

09:50  11 september  2019
09:50  11 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Sexual predators are increasingly grooming children online using social media platforms. The number of grooming cases has increased by 36 Tony Stower, the head of child safety online at the NSPCC, said children are facing unprecedented risk while waiting for the law to be introduced.

The children 's charity is calling for new laws to force social media firms to do more to protect children . "These figures are overwhelming evidence that keeping children safe cannot be left to social networks. We cannot wait for the next tragedy before tech companies are made to act," he said.

Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law © Other Lorin LaFave's son Breck Bednar was murdered after being groomed online

Sexual predators are increasingly grooming children online using social media platforms.

The number of grooming cases has increased by 36% since last year, according to a report by the NSPCC, with at least 70% carried out on the likes of Instagram and Facebook.

The report by the NSPCC shows 34% of the sexual grooming offences involve Instagram - more than any other online platform and up from a fifth of cases the previous year.

Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law © Getty Groomers use social media to access children before moving them to encrypted platforms

And 20% of the children targeted were under 12 years old. Some were just pre-school age.

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Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law . The foundation campaigns for a safer internet for all children and young people - whether they are gaming, communicating on social media , using apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity.

Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law . A report by the NSPCC shows that 34% of sexual grooming offences involve Instagram, more than any other online platform.

In April, the government launched an online harms white paper which would introduce independent regulation of social networks, with tough sanctions if they fail to keep children safe on their platforms.

Tony Stower, the head of child safety online at the NSPCC, said children are facing unprecedented risk while waiting for the law to be introduced.

"These sites allow groomers to have access to large numbers of children and then move them to encrypted platforms where law enforcement can't take action.

"The companies aren't stepping up to the plate. That's why it's so important that government brings in legislation as quickly as possible after the Queen's Speech."

Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law © Sky News Screen Grab Lorin LaFave says she wants the community to come together to stop predators

Lorin LaFave's son Breck Bednar was murdered five years ago by someone he had considered a good friend.

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A report by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) shows that 34% of sexual grooming offences involve Instagram, more than any Daha Fazla. Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law .

Grooming . Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know. They might target one child online or contact lots of children very quickly and wait for them to Children can be groomed online through: social media networks. text messages and messaging Some children are more at risk of grooming , particularly those who are vulnerable.

Breck, 14, met the man gaming online with friends but it turned out they knew nothing about him.

"Everyone online is a stranger," she said.

"It doesn't mean they're all bad... It means we don't know who they are and Breck hadn't had those lessons. He hadn't had lessons about grooming or exploitation."

His killer, Lewis Daynes, aged 19 at the time, lured Breck to his home and murdered him before calling Essex Police to tell them. He will spend at least 25 years in prison for his crime.

In the meantime, Ms LaFave is on a mission to educate young people on how to keep safe online after setting up The Breck Foundation just two weeks after his death.

She said: "As the police investigation unfolded there were dozens of people, including myself, who could have done something different if only they were educated and empowered to understand the signs of grooming and to report and act on it.

Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law © PA Lorin LaFave is trying to educate young people on how to keep safe online

"I want together, collectively, for us as a community to stop these people in their tracks."

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The NSPCC wants young people's accounts to default to the highest privacy settings, with location information off, contact details private and livestreaming limited to people they know.

Facebook, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, said in a statement: "There is no place for grooming or child exploitation on our platforms and we use technology to proactively find and quickly remove it.

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Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law
Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law

"We also investigate reports from the community with a content and security team of over 30,000 people who respond to reports 24/7."

A government spokesman said: "We have taken strong action to tackle this vile abuse, from developing AI tools to identify and block grooming conversations to our online harms white paper, which will place a legal duty of care on social media companies to protect their users."

But the reality is, the predators keep finding ways to prey on their next victim. The best hope is preparing those children to spot it.

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