Tech firms must act now to protect kids
SOCIAL media companies need to act now to protect children after Barnardo’s revealed more than half of 12- year- olds have posted live videos on apps and websites meant for older children and adults.
A survey by YouGov found that 57 per cent of 12- year- olds and more than one in four children aged 10 ( 28 per cent) in the UK have admitted live streaming content over the internet.
The results suggest thousands of younger children may be putting themselves at risk by sharing live videos on sites with a minimum age limit of 13.
Urgent action is needed because we know from our specialist services across the UK that children are at risk of ‘ live grooming’ on online platforms.
Tech companies are simply not doing enough to keep children safe. Our research shows that children use livestreaming apps that are not appropriate for their ages so tech giants need to ensure they put robust age- verification rules in place.
Theresa May vowed to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, but new laws are not expected for at least two years and this is simply not good enough for the children who need protecting now. Hugh Sherriffe, Director Barnardo’s Midlands & South West