The NSPCC has published findings from research looking at how certain characteristics make children more vulnerable to being abused on social media. Findings from 2,004 interviews with children and young people aged 11 to 17 show that:
4% had sent, received or been asked to send sexual messages to an adult, but this more than doubled to 9% for children who felt lonely, unhappy, were extroverted and who rely on social media;
9% of respondents had sent, received or been asked to send sexual messages to another young person, which more than doubled to 20% for those with the same vulnerable characteristics.
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