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Covid lockdowns created ‘online backdoor’ for child abusers, says charity
Internet Watch Foundation reports rise in UK children aged seven to 10 manipulated into abusing themselves on camera
Internet predators have exploited a rise in online activity during lockdown to manipulate primary school age children into abusing themselves on camera, with reports of such imagery rising by more than 1,000% in the UK since 2019.
The Internet Watch Foundation received reports of 63,050 webpages containing images and videos of children aged seven to 10 sexually abusing themselves on camera last year, an increase of just over 1,000% on the year before the coronavirus pandemic.
Read the original article at The Guardian