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Digital Nightmare: Young Children Sex Groomed Online #WhoIsSam

Children and young people should be educated in using smartphones to stop them being exploited by the rising tide of sex offenders attempting to groom and sexually abuse them via digital technology, a new UK report has suggested.

The Digital Childhood released at the Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester, was commissioned by 5Rights, an initiative for youth digital rights launched two years ago by Baroness Beeban Kidron.

It insists children and young people should be at the center of the digital environment and not left behind or overlooked despite extreme risks, such as grooming and child sexual abuse.

Constant and unrestricted access to media means children constantly see sensationalist headlines, photoshopped images and unsavory content, which takes control out of their parents' hands as to the content they are exposed to from a young age, Jodie Cook, a social media expert and entrepreneur, believes.
"App creators are working on creating devices and platforms that are as addictive as possible, which will have an impact on children's brains and attention spans. Currently social media platforms such as Facebook have a minimum age requirement for individuals signing up and films have age restrictions, perhaps we will see this with devices too," Ms. Cook told Sputnik.

Sex Predators
Online platforms can be used for heinous crimes such as the sexual exploitation of children by pedophiles and sex predators. This type of abuse can take almost as many forms as in the physical world, ranging from producing, storing and trading child pornography to seeking paid or unpaid sex online once onscreen contact has been established, normally via smartphones.
Online grooming by pedophiles — the process of persuading a youngster to have sex online, sharing photographs or arranging to meet — is now at an alarmingly high level, prompting the UK government to introduce a new law in April 2017 whereby groomers who target children through mobile phones and social media will face two years in prison. 
The National Crime Agency warned December 4 sex offenders are increasingly using live online streaming platforms to exploit children. In one week alone, authorities identified 345 vulnerable children and arrested 192 people, 30 percent involving streaming, blackmail and grooming.
Minimum Age
Next week the House of Lords is scheduled to vote on an amendment to the Data Protection Bill which would force social networks to build child protection into their sites as well as make 13 the minimum age at which a child could create social media accounts online. Ofcom said 43 percent of 11-year olds already have accounts.
YouTube announced on December 5 it will employ new and improved digital algorithms as well as thousands of human moderators across Google to shield its young viewers from disturbing content.

Dr. Angharad Rudkin, child clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, lead author of The Digital Childhood report said: 
"There are so many new challenges parents are facing today to do with the digital world they didn't experience themselves when they were growing up. This can make parenting, which can be an already difficult experience, even harder."
Baroness Kidron admitted the report was long overdue, saying: "If we leave things as they are, we denigrate the status of children, and childhood, in the plain sight of parents, media, civil society and governments." 
The report warns of other risks arising from children using smartphones ranging from insomnia, obesity, low self-esteem and oversharing. These present real harm to child development especially sleep deprivation, which can affect concentration, performance at school and general well-being.

Digital Danger: Young Children Sex Groomed via Smartphones 05.12.2017

Parents are being urged to be aware of what their children are doing online after experts warn of a nationwide increase in sex offenders using live streaming and coercive techniques to abuse youngsters.
During a recent week of intense work to tackle child sexual exploitation and abuse, police and National Crime Agency (NCA) operations across the UK safeguarded 245 children and arrested 192 people, 18 of whom were in a position of trust.
The agency said 30 percent of those cases involved some of the highest harm offences including live streaming, blackmail and grooming.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Child Protection, said: “In just one week, police forces and the NCA arrested 192 offenders on suspicion of child sexual abuse offences and prevented 245 children from coming to harm.
“We will keep working together to do this, adapting our approach so that nowhere online is safe for people out to groom children or view them being abused.
“But we also need help. We need internet companies to help us stop access to sexual abuse images and videos and prevent abuse happening on their platforms.
“We need parents and carers to talk to their children about healthy relationships and staying safe online.”
In an online NCA survey, 84 percent of parent respondents said they were alert to the potential dangers their children face online.
But child protection experts are warning that knowledge goes out of date more quickly than many people realise because the online environment is now changing so quickly.
Zoe Hilton, head of safeguarding at the National Crime Agency said: “We know that as children’s online habits change, offenders are adapting with them.
“These individuals are learning how young people communicate online and are using this knowledge to contact, befriend and abuse them.”

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To help parents protect their children against the threat, the NCA and National Police Chiefs’ Council have launched a new campaign to encourage parents to talk to their child about the behaviours that could put them at risk on live streaming platforms.
Intelligence from the NCA and police forces shows that dangerous offenders are capitalising on the immediacy of contact that live streaming offers, as well as the ability to target children with a large number of comments in real time.
Once on these platforms, offenders often use tricks or dares, the offer of online gifts or ‘game points’ and threats, in an attempt to manipulate young people into performing acts involving nudity over webcam.
The survey also showed that while the majority of parents speak to their children regularly, over 30 percent had not spoken to their children about online safety in the last month.
Almost 58 percent were not even sure if they had adequate online security.
The new campaign shows a short animation narrated by the fictional Sam, an adult who goes online to abuse children, which is being promoted using the hashtag #WhoIsSam to show how offenders attempt to build relationships with young people online.
Parents, carers and children can also find new information on the risks posed by live streaming at the NCA CEOP’s education programme Thinkuknow.
In addition, a package of resources for professionals, including sessions and activities for the class room, are being used in schools across the country to help empower children and young people to better deal with pressure and manipulation online from adult offenders.
Zoe Hilton added: “It’s great to see that so many parents are aware of the potential dangers children face online, but with this campaign we’re asking them to make sure they familiarise themselves with their children’s online behaviour and keep that knowledge up to date.
As well as ensuring that privacy settings are in place on the sites and apps they use, it’s so important that we have regular and open conversations with our children about being safe online and encouraging them to speak up if something is worrying them or doesn’t feel right.
“Offenders will take advantage of the fact that young peoples’ inhibitions are lower online so we’re also encouraging parents to talk to their children about what a healthy relationship looks like and how to spot when someone might not be who they say they are.
“Advice and guidance on having these conversations and how to report any concerns can be found on the Thinkuknow website.

New campaign alerting parents and children to online abusers Carl Eve 6 DEC 2017

Katie Vacher, 16, and her team from South Shields, are bidding to show that grooming does not exclusively happen online.

The group all know individuals affected by child sexual exploitation, and are alerting people to the different forms of abuse

Some of them may not be immediately obvious, such as in a relationship, or being targeted by organised criminal networks

The South Shields youngsters have made a film with national charity Fixers to warn others of the signs and urge more victims to speak out

Katie said: “It’s a topic that’s very close to our hearts because we know people who’ve been through it. It’s shocking to think this even happens, but it’s important to know that it exists in many forms. 

“Many people think these individuals operate online, which is true, but it can happen anywhere. “Everyone needs to be more aware.” 

In the film, the different environments in which child exploitation can happen are shown through dramatised stories

The two scenarios are based on real experiences, including a young girl being sexually exploited at a party

The other depicts a victim being trafficked in a relationship. 

The group plans to share it with students and teachers during an assembly at their school. 

Katie added: “We think the film is really powerful. “Our aim is to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation so more people know what it is. 

“Hopefully our work can encourage more victims to not be afraid of speaking out. “Someone will listen.” 

This project has been supported by NHS England North (CSE)

Fixers works with young people aged between 16 and 25 across the UK by providing them with professional resources to help them campaign on issues that matter to them. 

The charity has helped more than 20,000 youngsters across the UK to have a voice in their community on issues such as cyber-bullying, self-harm, suicide or transphobia

For more information or to make a donation to fund more Fixer projects, visit

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