It is not a secret that live-streaming is used by predators to groom children online. The worse thing though is that Barnardo’s (UK’s largest children’s charity for vulnerable children and young people) child sexual exploitation services have recently seen a 38% increase in the number of juveniles they support.
Their latest survey came to the conclusion that 57% of 12-year-olds and more than one-in-four children aged 10 (28%) post live videos on apps and websites, putting themselves in danger they often cannot even imagine.
“Tech companies are simply not doing enough to keep children safe” believes Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan. “They need to ensure they put robust age-verification rules in place.”