Internet safety: A mother's story of how a paedophile groomed her 11-year-old daughter online

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 08/02/2017 18:54

Tired of the endless rows, Hannah H finally gave in to the demands from her 11-year-old daughter to have a Facebook account. Little did she know that she had opened the door to a paedophile who lived in her town - and the events that followed were life-changing. She explains how easily he gained her daughter's trust and how little she knew about protecting her online

You have many jobs as a parent: to provide, to educate, to show love. The list goes on, but fundamentally the most important job of all is to keep your child safe. I failed to do that and I can't turn back the clock; I can't erase what happened and I have to live with it every day and accept it. It's not a good feeling.

I love the internet, everything about it. I love the thrill of all that colossal information at my fingertips. We can book a dental appointment, arrange a date, plan a world tour, get a degree - all from the comfort of our own sofas. Technology is our future and I understand the importance of making sure our children are highly skilled in this digital age. But the harsh reality is this: unless you are going to supervise your children 100 per cent of the time while online, they are not safe.

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