“He made dark threats against my mum and dad, he said he was going to kill them”
The NSPCC’s latest figures show the harrowing number of vile perverts are using Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to search for victims.
Child protection advocates at the charity warned that one in 25 children using Snapchat has been sent or asked to send sexual content by an adult.
Teens are also being exposed to similar grooming techniques on Facebook and Facebook Messenger.
The charity also claims as many as one in 33 were also targeted on Twitter, and that one in 50 had been groomed over Insta and WhatsApp.
An NSPCC spokesman even branded the social media sites and apps as a “gateway for child abusers”.
One the 14-year-old boy, named Ben in the NSPCC’s report, said he was tricked into sending sexual images of himself to a person he thought was a girl of a similar age.
After the pervert revealed he was a man, he blackmailed Ben into performing sex acts on Skype and later shared the images with five other sickos.
Two years on, Ben tried to commit suicide, but one week after the abuse was discovered and the paedo was later caged for four-and-a-half years.
Ben said: “He made dark threats against my mum and dad, he said he was going to kill them unless I sent some photos.
“He knew everything about my parents – their names, where they worked, where they socialised. I was scared he’d really do it, so I sent them.”
The NSPCC has now called on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to commit to introducing an Online Harms Bill by early next year.
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