3,000 cybercrimes against Yorkshire children since April

3,000 cybercrimes against Yorkshire children since April

Published by May Norman at 6:49am 14th January 2020.

Estimated 11 cybercrimes a day against children in Yorkshire since April

    • 3,000 online abuse offences have taken place in Yorkshire alone since last April (2019).
    • The figures have come from the NSPCC.
    • The children's charity claims there are, on average, 11 online abuse offences every day.

It's estimated there are 11 cases of cybercrimes against children every day in Yorkshire.

Looking at police data, the NSPCC predicts more than 3 thousand such offences have occurred since last April.

These include child abuse image and sexual grooming offences.

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3,000 cybercrimes against children in Yorkshire since April

It comes as the Online Harms Reduction Regulator Bill will be introduced into the House of Lords today (Tuesday).

It's a Private Member’s Bill that requires Ofcom to prepare for regulation by effectively appointing it as an interim online harms regulator. 

Figures reveal 11 online abuse offences are committed every day in Yorkshire

The charity hopes the bill will speed up the timescales for the Government to uphold their manifesto promise by introducing comprehensive legislation to protect children from abuse online.

The legislation would include the establishment of an online regulator that would enforce Duty of Care which would legally require social networks to ensure their platforms are safe for children to use and companies could face fines or criminal prosecution if they breach their responsibilities.

Andy Burrows, NSPCC Head of Child Safety Online Policy, said:

“By our estimates, an average of 90 potential online abuse crimes against children come to light a day, so it is crystal clear regulation cannot come soon enough.

“The Prime Minister must confirm plans to press ahead with a comprehensive Duty of Care, and urgently introduce an Online Harms Bill that will deliver a well-resourced regulator with the powers to take on big tech.

“Anything less will let tech giants off the hook and have a devastating impact on tens of thousands of children, their families and law enforcement who are left to fight increasingly complex online child abuse day in and day out.”

The NSPCC is now urging the Government to set out a clear timeline for implementation and to introduce a comprehensive Online Harms Bill to set out the powers of the Duty of Care regulator with child safety at the heart of it. 

The charity said the industry must acknowledge that regulation is coming by getting a handle on child abuse on their platforms and not waiting until the last possible moment to keep children safe.