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Watch over Norfolk's children

Watch over Norfolk's children

Published by Chris Craddock
2:21pm 19th October 2018. (Updated at 1:09pm 22nd October 2018)

NSPCC warns children could be at risk of sexual abuse when life-streaming and video-chatting.

Its 'Wild West Web' campaign wants an independent regulator that will make these platforms safer.

The charity is offering more advice to parents about this danger.

 

An NSPCC survey of 1,196 children in the East of England aged seven to 16 revealed 23% have live-streamed, and 16% have video-chatted with someone they've never met in person.

Of the children who had video-chatted with someone they hadn't met, more than one in seven had been asked to get undressed, and nearly one in ten who had live-streamed were asked to remove clothes.

Risks children face online

 

Carl, from Yorkshire demands government action after his son Ben was groomed on Facebook and Skype when he was 14. A twenty year old man pretended to be a teenage girl and blackmailed Ben along with five other abusers. They threatened him into sending explicit pictures and performing sex acts on Skype.

Carl said: "Ben tried to get out of the situation so many times but he couldn’t get out. He was trapped and was too frightened to tell anyone. It’s been devastating."

He urges the government to protect children from being targeted by abusers online. "I don’t want any other families to have to go through what we’ve gone through."

 

 

The campaign is asking that sites monitor children's accounts giving them added protection.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, says the popularity of live-streaming has led to dangerous risks for children. He said "Its immediacy means children are being pressured into going along with situations that make them feel uncomfortable."

“The lure of a big audience, or thinking that they are chatting to someone they can trust, piles on that pressure. What’s really disturbing is that groomers can then screenshot or record live-streamed abuse, and use it to blackmail the child or share it with others."

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