"I knew he was married, and he knew I was thirteen, but I kept replying because it felt different to everything else going on in my life,” sighs Frida*, who was struggling to handle bullying at school when she was first contacted on Facebook by a man in his thirties.

 

“He started telling me he liked me, which was such a nice change to all the abuse I was getting at school. I said I liked him back, but I was confused because I knew he was married. He started asking for photos and I sent some. Then he asked for some explicit photos, and I did that too. He reciprocated too - it went on for years.”

 

It’s a story that’s all too familiar to experts at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) – and just one example of why the charity supports Britain’s proposed Online Safety Bill.

 

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