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Children ‘blackmailed’ for sexual images in online video chats

A surge in the use of video chats and live-streaming among children is leaving them vulnerable to abuse, the NSPCC has warned, calling for a social network regulator to be introduced.

A survey of 40,000 children aged seven to 16 found a quarter had used the services. On video chats, 10% had been asked to remove their clothes.

The NSPCC says groomers can record the abuse and use it to blackmail victims.

The home secretary has “demanded” tech giants take online abuse seriously.

One child, “Ben”, tried to take his own life after being blackmailed for sexual images shared between six men.

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