Summary of Digital Dangers: the impact of technology on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people.
Barnardo’s and Marie Collins Foundation. Authored by Tink Palmer, 2015
Research conducted with a number of Barnardo’s services, both specialist child sexual exploitation and educational services, has revealed how integral new technology has become in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The Internet and new technologies have allowed potential victims to be accessible and available to perpetrators, who may be anonymous, quickly and freely in ways that would otherwise not be possible. Children and young people are now able to communicate more easily with people they would otherwise not usually interact with.
Children and young people at risk of harm online may not have any previous vulnerabilities that are often associated with being victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, such as being in care, fr