NSPCC calls on government to tackle social networks

Following on from our recent article about a North Devon 13 year old who was groomed, it seems online child sexual abuse has become big news today with the Home Secretary expressing a wish to clamp down on online abuse.

Commenting on the speech delivered today by Home Secretary Sajid Javid that at least 80,000 people in the UK are estimated to pose a sexual threat to children online an NSPCC spokesperson for the South West of England said:

 

“This figure might sound alarming, but unfortunately it’s not surprising. It’s been evident for some time that the scale of online child sexual abuse is rising sharply, and technology makes it easier than ever before.

“The NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign is calling for Government to bring in tough regulation for social networks to tackle this abuse at

It’s right the Home Secretary is laying down the challenge to big tech companies. These firms have been told time and again to play their part in stopping online child abuse, but have done very little.

“The NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign calls for the Government to create an independent regulator with power to investigate and fine platforms which don’t do enough to catch groomers.

“Conversation and encouragement is not enough, the Government must now force social networks to tackle the problem blighting their sites and that means changing the law.

“It’s White Paper must pack a punch to ensure there can be no excuses when it comes to stopping groomers and child sex abusers.”

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