The NSPCC has released findings from a survey looking at the online risks faced by children and young people aged 7 to 16 in the UK. The survey asked 21,648 primary school children and 18,186 secondary school children, if an adult had sent or shown them a naked or semi-naked picture/video on an app, site or game. 4% (791) of primary school children and 5% (959) of secondary school children answered yes. The NSPCC is calling for: an independent regulator who can put in place mandatory child safety rules for social networks; social networks to offer safe accounts for children and proactively search for, and stop, child grooming on their platforms; and detailed reporting on how social networks are keeping children safe, and how they deal with reports and complaints.
Source: NSPCC: Survey reveals risks children and young people face online Date: 30 August 2018
Further information: Children sending and receiving sexual messages (PDF)