Thursday 8 December 2016

Children face growing dangers from internet

Published 05/12/2015 | 02:30

Thirteen years is almost a millennium, given the pace of change in technology. A review of policies and safety procedures does seem overdue
Thirteen years is almost a millennium, given the pace of change in technology. A review of policies and safety procedures does seem overdue

The internet has revolutionised interactivity, giving us extraordinary communications tools, but in the wrong hands these can be extremely dangerous.

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In its earlier, more innocent days, it was famously described as just a global form of passing notes around a classroom. But that has changed. Once again childcare experts have issued warnings about the increasingly sophisticated and insidious methods predators are using to groom and ensnare their victims.

They follow recent cases where children were targeted by paedophiles who posed as their peers, winning their trust and drawing them deeper into an ever more sinister web of deception and danger.

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