The NSPCC has published its annual How safe are our children? report.
The 2019 report focuses on statistics relating to the issue of online child abuse. It found:
- year on year increases in the numbers and rates of police-recorded online child sexual offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland
- increases in police-recorded offences of obscene publications or indecent photos in all four UK nations over the last five years
- increases in the number of URLs confirmed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as containing child sexual abuse imagery since 2015
- less than half of children aged 12 to 15 say they know how to change their settings to control who can view their social media
- the majority of parents, carers and members of the public agree that social networks should have a legal responsibility to keep children safe on their platforms.