Language document

Date

09 Nov 2015

Type of document

Reports

Country

Keyword

Grooming
Social Media
Risk behaviour by children on the internet
Child pornography
Sexting

'Digital Dangers': New report about technology and exploitation

Date

09 Nov 2015

Research conducted with a number of Barnardo’s services warned that children from good homes are at the same risk of sexual abuse as less fortunate children due to their activities on the internet. The internet and new technologies have allowed potential victims to be accessible and available to perpetrators, who may be anonymous, quickly and freely in ways that would otherwise not be possible. 

Children and young people at risk of harm online may not have any previous vulnerabilities that are often associated with being victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, such as being in care; from families facing adversities or having a history of sexual abuse. This means that they are less likely to be identified as they might not be known to the authorities. The new report found almost half of young people admitted keeping their parents in the dark about their online activities.