Internet Watch Foundation Report

We are totally shocked by the latest report from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
They report – 97% of all Child Sexual Abuse material identified by IWF in 2021 featured the sexual abuse of girls.
We have been highlighting this disparity for 3 years now and each year the percentage increases.
We can’t sit back and ignore this. A large percentage of the material will relate to abuse by paedophiles but a lot will also relate to material generated through peer on peer abuse in secondary schools, made worse through an increasing level of misogyny amongst teenage boys.
Please make sure you open up serious conversations with your children both boys and girls.
Let’s make sure girls are fully aware of how freely content depicting them is spreading around the world.
Let’s talk to our boys about respect for women and make sure they realise the outrageous level of misogyny depicted on apps like TikTok and through modern music is not an appropriate way to build relationships with girls.
Let’s all work together to promote a much better outcome for our young girls.
We have added a link to the IWF report below.

IWF Annual ReportTake a look at our resources page for children. Take some time to look at these with your children and help keep them safe online.

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Make sure your home doesn't have an open door to child sexual abusers.

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Follow IWF TALK checklist to help keep your child safe online.

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Make sure your home doesn't have an open door to child sexual abusers.

Increasingly, young people are being contacted in their own homes on online platforms and apps and asked for sexual pictures and videos, while their parents and carers are totally unaware.
Follow IWF TALK checklist to help keep your child safe online.

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