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Significant increase in ‘sextortion’ across Scotland according to Police
Reports of ‘sextortion’ have increased significantly across Scotland according to Police Scotland – with the youngest victim aged just 10.
Between January and August 2020, 283 crimes were recorded, an increase of 44% on the same period in 2019, when 196 offences were reported.
Sextortion (or sexual extortion and exploitation) involves the threat of sharing sexual information, images or clips to extort money from people, whether images actually exist or not.
Two-thirds of the extortions (189 incidents) demanded money from the victim to avoid disclosure of sexual images or footage they had unwittingly provided to criminals. Sextortion victims were aged between 10 – 85, with the majority (64% or 182) aged 25 and under.
New study finds few children can spend a day without digital devices
A new study has found that more than nine out of ten parents think digital media and technologies are a negative distraction in their lives and 83% think their children are also negatively distracted by digital devices.
In 2020, researchers surveyed nearly 2,500 parents, grandparents and caregivers across Australia, which yielded data from about 5,000 children aged 5-17 on their use of digital devices at home during the pandemic.
Our study shows more than 80% of children in this age group own a screen-based device and that children today, on average, have three different digital devices.
Data shows that children start owning devices from as early as four years old.
Only 46% of parents said their child could spend a whole day without using a digital device.