Online grooming rise ‘alarming’

An increasing number of children are being targeted.
An increasing number of children are being targeted.

Sinn Féin Derry Councillor Patricia Logue has called on young people to speak out if they have any concerns over online grooming following a rise in reported incidents.

Colr. Logue was speaking after new figures released by the NSPCC showed an increase in calls to Childline about online grooming.

Councillor Patricia Logue said: “News that more than 160 children in the North phoned Childline concerned about online sexual abuse and that most of the calls were from children aged 12-15 years of age is deeply alarming.

“Online grooming poses a real risk. Given the growth of apps and webcams that assist online chatting I would call on young people to speak out about any concerns they may have.

“I would also encourage parents to take an interest in their child’s online activity.

“Childline can answer any questions and offer free and confidential support and advice.

“They can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.”