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Barnardo's responds to Children's Commissioner report

Release Date: 05 Jan 2017

In her report which has been released today the Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield says children are being left to 'fend for themselves' against online dangers such as bullying and grooming.

In response to the report, which also found that a third of 15-year-olds surveyed admitting to sending naked images of themselves at least once, Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan, said:

This report provides further worrying evidence of how children are unprepared to deal with life online and receive little help in dealing with cyber-bullying, 'sexting' and harassment.

Barnardo's welcomes the call to teach children aged four to 14 how to stay safe online, the dangers of 'sexting' and understand what they're agreeing to when using social media apps.

With almost a third of 15-year-olds surveyed admitting to sending naked images of themselves at least once, it's vital all children receive compulsory lessons on sex and relationships education, including how to protect themselves online.

If you would like further information please contact the Barnardo's national media team on 020 8498 7555.

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