The National Crime Agency (NCA) of the UK has launched a new online video series called ‘Jessie and Friend’, for children aged four to seven on online safety. In a statement to the BBC, the NCA mentioned ‘Investigators are seeing a very disturbing change in offender behaviour, with the increasing contact abuse of pre-verbal and very young children’.
Since most three to four year olds in Britain use the Internet, NCA Director Rob Jones emphasised the need for parents and teachers to discuss online safety with children. The videos are expected to help parents to get the conversation started on online safety.
Children’s use of the Internet and mobile technology is increasing, and for many children worldwide there is no clear distinction between the online and offline world. Access to the Internet presents many opportunities for their education, personal development, self-expression, and interaction with others.