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The government must do more to protect children from online abuse

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Children use many apps every day to socialise and play games (Photo: Daniel Jedzura/Shutterstock)

In the past five years, sexual grooming offences committed over the internet have increased by 80% in Scotland, with 2020/21 figures reaching an all-time high.

Worryingly, the greatest rise has been seen in crimes against children under the age of 13.

It is the failings of tech firms that are resulting in these record numbers, and it needs to stop. In the past, children could travel in a car without wearing a seatbelt, but the law was changed to protect them. Why should children’s safety be any different online?

“We need to make sure children have a voice – with a powerful champion to represent them and guarantee their needs aren’t drowned out by big tech companies

The UK Government has recently introduced an Online Safety Bill to deal with digital harms, including those faced by children.........

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