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Wales: A government first gives a boost to children's online safety

10 January 2022

The Welsh Government has joined child protection charity the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), making it the first government body in the world to do so.

The IWF works globally to remove child sexual abuse material from the internet.

Children and young people in Wales will now receive more protection against growing online threats.

Objectives include ensuring the Hwb platform – which hosts the Curriculum for Wales and provides bilingual, digital tools and resources for teaching and learning to schools – is as safe as possible.

The platform will empower children and young people to spot the signs of online grooming and exploitation, with the help of dedicated support pages on the Hwb platform.

‘Young people can be confident in calling out abusive behaviour when they see it’

The IWF recently reported a huge rise of child sexual abuse material online, with analysts unearthing more than 15 times the amount found 10 years ago.

Susie Hargreaves OBE, chief executive of the IWF, said: ‘Sadly, since lockdown, we have seen online threats against children and young people spiral.’

She said working with the Welsh Government means that ‘children and young people can be confident in calling out abusive behaviour when they see it.’

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