Greater risk of children being groomed and coerced online during COVID-19

POSTED: April 1, 2020Category: COVID-19, ArticlesBY: AISA P9

As more people stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, experts are preparing themselves for a rise in reports of child sexual abuse on the internet.

There are also warnings that there is an increased risk of children being groomed and coerced online into making explicit images and videos of themselves.

(IWF) is a UK charity responsible for finding and removing videos and images of children suffering sexual abuse from the internet.

Every day, The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) analysts assess hours of footage and thousands of images which are reported to the IWF’s hotline.

The IWF says the work of its hotline will continue and is preparing for a surge in public reporting.

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