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NSPCC finds Instagram biggest for child grooming online

Sex offenders are grooming children on Instagram more than any other online platform, a charity has found.

Police in England and Wales recorded 1,944 incidents of sexual communication with children in the six months to September 2018, the NSPCC says.

Instagram was used in 32% of the 1,317 cases where the method was recorded, Facebook in 23% and Snapchat in 14%.

Instagram and Facebook said they "aggressively" fought grooming, while Snapchat said it was "unacceptable".

Sexual communication with a child became an offence in April 2017, following pressure from campaigners.

In the 18 months that followed, more than 5,000 online grooming offences were recorded by police, according to data gathered by the NSPCC.

The NSPCC said 39 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales had responded to Freedom of Information requests, with only Surrey, Sussex, Northampton and City of London police failing to provide data.

The NSPCC wants new laws to force social media firms to do more to protect children.

Beneath The Surface

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Pupils from key stage 3 and 4 were involved in workshops led by professional dancers Mark Anderson and Mark Worth. Over a period of about 6 months, pupils produced choreographed dances that tell the story of one young person's journey into the unknown depths of cyber bullying and grooming. The film deals with a range of issues and problems that young people could be drawn into when they unwittingly give out personal information to unknown people.
A small of students were given the opportunity to film on location for 2 days. Bunkers Hill Swimming Pool and the Riverside in Stratford kindly let us use their facilities free of charge. This generosity allowed us to add another dimension to the film and gave the students an insight into how a film is made.
It is so important that all young people understand the underlying dangers of using the internet and that they know how to stay safe when online. This idea was the starting point for the whole project.

The music for the film was composed by our Music Teacher Alan Smith and our Music Technician Matt Back.

The film premiered at Stratford Picture House cinema.



The following websites are very useful for tips about being safe online (click on the pictures to take you to the websites)



Internet Matters

Learn about it / Talk about it / Deal with it



Childnet International



For advice on online safety or if you have any concerns please visit CEOP's (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website by clicking on the image below:





If you are worried about online abuse or the way in which someone has been communicating online then you must tell someone. You can talk to an adult you trust or you can report it to CEOP by clicking on the button below:


    CEOP Report