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Concerns over a greater risk of online grooming as children spend more time online

With partial school closures in place, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has expressed concerns over a possible rise in child grooming cases as children spend a greater amount of time online.

Susie Hargreaves, the IWF’s chief executive, said: “More people alone in their homes and more people spending longer online sadly means we are likely to see more people stumbling across criminal material involving child sexual abuse on the internet. We are also expecting criminals to be more active on the internet during the coming months.

“This could mean we'll see an unprecedented number of public reports to our hotline as more people spot things that are not right and report it to us.”

The IWF is urging parents to have a conversation with their children about online dangers.

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