The children exploited by social media and cybercriminals are not just in need of a safe space but also for their parents to be safe.
“Children should not be left out of the loop when it comes to cyberbullying,” said Sarah Gormley, CEO of charity Abusive Parents, which works to combat child exploitation.
“Social media platforms are enabling cyberbullies to be more creative and to take on new victims.”
The children exploited on social media are often victims of identity theft, sexual exploitation, abuse or neglect, according to Abusive parents.
They also have been tricked into paying money to a paedophile website and have been duped into sharing sensitive personal information on their personal social media accounts.
“A lot of the people we see have been on sites that are not necessarily safe,” Gormey said.
“I think the online abuse is not just targeted at kids.
I think it’s much more a targeted attack on the community.”
There’s a lack of understanding around the whole idea of who are the people who are going to be able to abuse children online.
“They’re very much the ones who are being targeted.”
This is not something that happens in isolation but the idea that you have people who do not care about children and who are not going to take the risk of being a victim of cyberbulling is just not acceptable.
“The online abuse against children is often directed at the people they know, said Gormee.”
That’s something that can be so difficult to deal with,” she said.
Gormey added that the vast majority of children who are victims of online abuse are “not being targeted by the abusers themselves, but rather by people who they think they know and trust”.”
They might be online friends, they might be in a school group or they might just be people that they’re going to interact with,” Gomley said.
Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have already responded to child exploitation issues. “
But the companies that are facilitating it and the companies who are exploiting the people are the ones that are at fault,” she added.
Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have already responded to child exploitation issues.
The social media giants said they are taking the issue seriously.
“We take child safety very seriously and we are constantly reviewing our policies, policies and practices to prevent and combat online abuse,” Facebook said in a statement.
Twitter, meanwhile, announced it will soon begin blocking abusive content on its platform.