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A disturbing increase in children aged 7 to 10 filming themselves sexually abused

The UK is suffering from a "social and digital emergency" due to a surge in children documenting abuse, the report said.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) estimated that nearly 20,000 children between the ages of her 7 and her 10 who were sexually abused online in the first half of this year were forced or manipulated. I discovered that

This is nearly 8,000 more cases for him than her nearly 12,000 "self-generated abuses" recorded in the same period last year.

This is the second year in a row that these numbers have risen to an alarming degree.

Self-made abusive images have increased by 360% of her since the UK's first lockdown came into effect in March 2020.

This is due to a combination of lockdowns keeping children at home, spending more time online, and organizations like the IWF improving their skills in finding suitable material. It seems.

IWF Hotline Manager Susie Hargreaves toldThe Guardian: It's in a family home. Sometimes I hear my parents' voices outside the room. "

Chief Executive Officer Susie Hargreaves said online abuse should be "totally preventable." The child is in his bedroom – the supposedly "safe area" of the family home.

Although cases of self-abuse against children aged 7 to her 10 years have risen most rapidly, children aged 11 to her 13 years are the most common victims.

A staggering 56,000 abused images of her in this age group were reported in the first half of this year.

While young girls are the most common victims of online abuse, the number of victims of boys aged 7 to her 13 is up 137% from her.

Category Sexual abuse (penetrative sex, animal sex, or sadism) over girls.

Her 20,000 reports of forced "self-generated" sexual abuse imagery confirmed by our analysts in the first half of 2022 Shows her 10 years old. Our CEO, Susie Hargreaves, has called this a social and digital emergency that requires sustained prevention efforts across the country. Read more:

— Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) (@IWFhotline) Aug 9, 2022

Susie said:

'Children are not responsible. They are often coerced, tricked or pressured by online sexual abusers.

"Only parents, caregivers, and children's education, combined with efforts by technology companies, governments, the police, and the third sector, can stem this tide of criminal imagery."

3 ways to keep your kids safe online

Source: Internet Watch Foundation

1.   Start a conversation

Start a discussion about any online experience with your child or student. Normalizing is an important and effective method. A way for children to explore and question their thoughts and feelings.

Doing this on a regular basis provides a forum for young people and prepares them for any scenario that breaks the normal code of conduct.

2.   Set Boundaries

Every family is different, and ultimately it's up to you to decide how much freedom you want your child to have. It's up to the parent to choose ( ren ) in terms of accessing and monitoring the device.

Whenever and wherever it happens, children need clear boundaries so they can recognize what is appropriate and what is not.

For example, you can avoid falling under the control of your abusers by knowing that you should never turn on your camera or share photos or videos with anyone online.

3. Emphasize online safety and digital citizenship

Schools consider online safety and digital citizenship as part of their curriculum. is needed. Helping schools make a real difference at the primary level is in place to help children become safe, knowledgeable, and caring digital citizens. 

In their roles as teachers, parents, caregivers, or both, education is key to preparing children for a future that exists primarily online. Action is urgently needed to reverse the course of the alarming trend of misuse of self-generated content.

At 19:00 on October 6, 2022, Natterhub will launch Free Virtual Online Safety Parents WorkshopInterest in the campaign here to receive a link to share with all parents.

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