The charity wants the government to make its Online Harms legislation, designed to better protect vulnerable people, a priority in the coming months. "These figures suggest that online abuse was already rising before lockdown, and the risks to children appear to have spiked significantly since," said Andy Burrows, NSPCC head of child safety online policy. "It is now almost 17 months since the government's original proposals for social media regulation were published, and children continue to face preventable harm online. "At the Hidden Harms Summit, the prime minister signalled he was determined to act. "That's why he needs to prioritise making progress on a comprehensive Online Harms Bill this autumn, and pass legislation by the end of 2021 that sees tech firms held criminally and financially accountable if they put children at risk.
Record number of online child abuse logged by police https://t.co/gMtQyK6meF— BBC News Technology (@BBCTech) September 2, 2020