Online safety must be a priority for parents buying internet devices this Christmas
Girls appear to be particularly prone to being contacted on social networks, online game environments and other areas popular with children and young people. But boys could be less likely to report their experiences and seek help.
Children felt trapped and scared after being asked to:
- perform sexual acts on webcam
- send sexual images online
- meet up in person.
Often, those making these demands appeared from their profiles to be the same or a similar age to the children targeted – but then turned out to be much older adults.
"The internet offers an amazing environment for children to be creative, explore their interests, play with friends, learn or socialise, but there are risks every parent buying enabled devices this Christmas should be aware of."
Peter Wanless / Chief Executive at the NSPCC