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Government must address flaws in Online Safety Bill

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By Andy Burrows

THE failings of tech firms are resulting in record numbers of children being groomed and sexually abused online. In the past five years, grooming offences committed over the internet have increased by 80% in Scotland, with 2020/21 figures reaching an all-time high. Concerningly, the greatest rise has been seen in crimes against children under the age of 13.

To tackle the size and complexity of this threat, it is crucial that the UK Government makes child protection a priority in its Online Safety Bill. Legislation will only be successful if it delivers a comprehensive package of measures to keep children truly safe now and in the future. As it stands, the UK Government’s plans to regulate social media to protect children from preventable online abuse fall........

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