Dealing with Viral Media Scares
Media coverage recently has highlighted a number of internet scares. To help you, here are some useful links;
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.
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