Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Monday, 19 September 2016

‘Pedophile Playground’: Sexual Predators Targeting Increasing Numbers of Children Online

This is so sick, and, it seems to me, so easily preventable. Every school should have age appropriate education on child sex abuse and online predators should be part of that. Their methods are pretty similar, I think, and so making children aware of those methods should make them far less vulnerable.

© Thomas Peter
© Thomas Peter / Reuters

The internet is increasingly a “playground” for predatory pedophiles, a charity warns, allowing them to groom children, view pictures, and even direct live sexual abuse online.

Social networks and online gaming communities are leaving an increasing number of children and teens vulnerable to grooming and other forms of online harassment and abuse, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said.

ChildLine, the NSPCC’s telephone counseling service, conducted more than 3,700, counseling sessions with children and teens worried about online abuse in 2015-2016 — a 24 percent uptick from the previous year.

“Most of us talk to people online and it’s a great way to stay connected and make new friends,” said NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless.

“But it can be a playground for pedophiles, exposing young people to groomers who trawl social networks and online game forums exploiting any vulnerabilities they may find.”

Figures released by the charity reveal that most of the children who contact the counseling helpline are between the ages of 12 and 15, and more than half of them are girls.

The figures for grooming increased 21 percent in the year to March 2016, with one in eight counseling sessions now related to this practice.

ChildLine is launching a new campaign aimed at helping children recognize the signs of grooming and unhealthy relationships both online and offline.

“We hope that by putting this in the spotlight we can help young people to feel able to speak up if they feel worried or scared about a situation or relationship,” Wanless said.

In March, the NSPCC found that cases of recorded child sexual abuse had increased by 30 percent in the previous year, with police chiefs attributing the spike to predators’ increasing use of the internet.