Girls as young as 11 are being tricked into filming ‘self-generated’ sex videos

Girls as young as 11 are being tricked into filming ‘self-generated’ sex videos

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GIRLS as young as 11 are being tricked into filming sex videos of themselves in their bedrooms for online abusers.

About 22,000 “self-generated” webcam videos have been removed from the web this year, the Internet Watch Foundation revealed.

Girls as young as 11 are being tricked into filming sex videos of themselves, the Internet Watch Foundation has revealed

The charity’s boss Susie Hargreaves said 96 per cent feature girls and 85 per cent of those are between 11 and 13.

She told the Sunday Telegraph: “These are children who are mainly in their bedrooms.

“In one video I have seen, a little girl is responding to a request, and she is actually actively engaged in what we call a Category A activity.

“Which is the worst level of sexual abuse, and yet you can hear someone shouting ‘dinner is ready’.”

Many are said to believe they are sending the videos to a boyfriend or friends their own age.

But they are often in fact being coerced into it by a paedophile who then publishes them on child abuse websites.

Top tips for parents from the UK Safer Internet Centre

British online safety charity Childnet has some tips for parents to help young people stay safe online.

1. Stay engaged and have regular conversations

  • Show an interest in the games your children are playing.
    This could be through having a conversation about what they like to play or could be through watching them play the game. You could even have a go at playing the games yourself! If children know you have an interest in the game, they may feel more comfortable talking to you about it or coming to you for help if they need it.

2. Help them understand the importance of personal information

  • Check that your child understands:
    – the importance of keeping their personal information safe
    – that the should speak to an adult straight away if the chat goes from being about the game to meeting up offline, personal information or sending images.

3. Set rules around spending money in games

Have a conversation with your child to make sure they realise that is possible to spend real money on the game. Make promises that work for your family; perhaps your child will have to ask you for permission before they make an in-game purchase.

4. Make use of the safety features available

  • Block and report:
    Make sure your child knows how to find and use the report and block functions.
  • Safety settings:
    Set up the parental controls that are right for your family.
  • Settings for under 13s:
    There are additional safety features for under-13s , so it’s worth checking your child’s account is registered with the correct age. Players under the age of 13 have a <13 symbol next to their username on the game at all times, however this is not displayed to other players.

5. Encourage them to tell you about concerns

  • Remind your child that they should come to you if they ever see something inappropriate, mean comments or if anything worries them within the game.

Read their full advice here.

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