Mar 1, 2019

Instagram biggest for child grooming online - NSPCC finds

More than 5,000 online grooming offences were recorded by police in England and Wales in the 18 months to September 2018, a charity has found. It wants new laws to force social media firms to do more to protect children. 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. Emily's mother said: "We felt as though we had failed as parents - we knew about these social media sites, we thought we were doing everything we could to ensure our children's safety when they were online, but we still couldn't protect Emily." NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless accused social media networks of "10 years of failed self-regulation".

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