MORE than 200,000 secondary school children may have been groomed online, research suggests.
A survey found four per cent of 11 to 17-year-olds had sent or been asked to send sexual content to an adult — or received some.
A NSPCC survey found four per cent of 11 to 17-year-olds had sent or been asked to send sexual content to an adult[/caption]
Children’s charity NSPCC said one in 25 children had done so using Snapchat, Facebook or Facebook Messenger.
One in 33 had used Twitch and Twitter and one in 50 Instagram and WhatsApp.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “The scale of risk children face on social networks revealed in this research cannot be ignored and tackling it with robust legislation needs to be a priority for this Government.
“Tech firms need to be forced to get a grip of the abuse taking place on sites.”
The charity says paedophiles contact large numbers of children on social media and encourage those who respond to move over to encrypted messaging or live streaming.
Those tricked into sending images can then be blackmailed to send more.
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A total of 2,004 young people aged 11 to 17 took part in the survey.
The NSPCC said there are around 5,182,045 in that age group in the UK — so 201,696 were victims of online paedos.
Facebook’s head of global safety, Antigone Davis, said they use technology and work with child protection experts to keep kids safe.
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