NSPCC Cymru has called for mandatory on line safety lessons in Welsh schools to teach pupils about the dangers of social media and on line grooming.
This has come after the publication of statistics obtained by the NSPCC under the Freedom of Information rules relating to the number of reported crimes involving on line grooming. Dyfed-Powys police have seen the highest number of such complaints between 2011 and 2015.
The NSPCC feel strongly that education is the key to child protection when it comes to children and on line safety. Welsh police already work closely with schools, but the NSPCC wants such safety lessons to become a compulsory part of the curriculum from September.
As solicitors who specialise in abuse cases, we too have seen an increase in the number of cases involving social media and other technological advances being used to target children and young people to facilitate grooming and sexual abuse.