5/23/2019 0 Comments
London, May 20, 2019 (MIA) - Pedophiles increasingly use social networks, especially Instagram to lure children, according to a study by the Association for the Protection of Children against Violence.
Police in England and Wales reported 1,944 incidents involving sexual connotation involving children.
For that type of communication with children, Instagram was mostly used - 32 percent (1,317 cases), Facebook (23 percent) and Snapchat (14 percent).
Facebook and Instagram have fiercely fought against this. In April two years ago, it was decided to punish that kind of communication.
Five years after the decision was made, five thousand such violations were recorded, but in the Association they say that the figure does not reflect the true state of affairs.
A police report said seven out of ten victims were girls aged 12 to 15 years. Every fifth girl is under the age of 11, and the youngest victim was only five years old.
Peter Vanles, director of the Association, says social networks do not respect the rules.
-The data show that children cannot be safe on social networks. We must not wait for the next tragedy to happen. Companies must respond, he says.
The National Anti-Crime Agency says that the platforms used by children and young people must have mechanisms that prevent such behavior on the Internet.
"Children and young people should be alerted when these situations are in question," they stress.