The internet can be “a playground for paedophiles”, the NSPCC has warned.


The warning came as figures showed a rise in children, worried about online abuse and grooming, contacting the charity’s Childline service.

Counselling sessions for young people worried about online sexual abuse rose 24% to 3,716 in 2015-16.

The Home Office described it as “a global problem” adding that “the UK is at the forefront of efforts to combat this dreadful crime”.

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