Are there any emerging risks?
Whilst the techniques used by groomers haven't changed greatly over time, the technology they use to exploit children has. A 3-month study carried out by the Internet Watch Foundation found 2,082 images and videos of child sexual abuse which had been live-streamed. Key findings showed that:
- 96% of imagery depicted children on their own, typically in a home setting such as their own bedroom.
- 98% of imagery depicted children assessed as 13 years or younger.
- 96% of the imagery featured girls.
- 100% of the imagery had been taken from the original upload location and was being redistributed on third party websites.