Facebook is ‘major location for online child sexual grooming’, head of child protection agency says

Facebook is one of the UK’s major online locations for child sex grooming, according to the head of the top child abuse investigating agency has warned. This is from the Telegraph

Peter Davies, Chief Executive, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, said that half of all child sexual exploitation takes place on social networks

British children were being “harvested” by foreign abusers who were getting access to children in their homes over the internet.

He told MPs in the House of Commons: “It is not uncommon to encounter situations where offenders in one country will target and harvest victims in a completely different part of the world.”

Mr Davies said that half of all online child sexual exploitation was taking place over social networks Facebook, and suggested they could do more to stop to abuse.

He said: “At the moment we are seeing half of this kind of activity, online child sexual exploitation, taking place through social networking site.

“Facebook is a major one but not the only one. We are also seeing it take place through chat environments and other forums.”

…Anthony Smythe, managing director of the campaign group Beatbullying, also said that cyber bullying should be made a criminal offence.

There is no a specific law which makes cyber-bullying illegal, although it can be considered a criminal offence under legislation such as the Protection from Harassment Act and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

Mr Smythe said: “A number of countries are having this debate – Australia and New Zealand are bringing in new legislation.

“Canada is about to bring in new legislation – Ireland is looking at it. There is an element that everyone is playing catch-up.

“I would like not only to see legislation around cyber-bullying but I would like legislation on bullying and cyber-bullying. A child will be bullied in the play ground and that will continue online, and we need to make that link.”

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Facebook is a law unto itself, will not regulate itself or allow others to regulate it as I’ve discovered in the past.

  2. LearnWLesley

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove parents need to teach kids personal safety on Internet. Prob is many adults are not Internet savvy & feel

  3. LearnWLesley

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove uncomfortable approaching the topic. Like sex education. They are naive or don’t care about what their kids do

  4. LearnWLesley

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove yes but it’s going to b hard to regulate it- the door has shut after horse has bolted scenario

  5. wraitken

    jen2644 SchoolsImprove depends on age group. CEOP have great videos for 13+ on sexting, used them last week. Childline also good resources

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