How Safe Are Our Children? 2019: An Overview of Data on Child Abuse Online
With children now spending an average of over 15 hours a week online,1 the internet is central to their lives. And social media is ever present, with 90 per cent of surveyed 11–16 year olds saying they have a social media account.
Alongside amazing opportunities, social networks open up a wide range of potential harms. Most platforms have failed to integrate child safeguarding into their business models or the design of their sites. As rapidly developing technology creates new opportunities to initiate, maintain and escalate abuse, children have been exposed to unacceptable risks in the spaces where they socialise, learn and play.