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New rules for online child abusers

Keeping children safe online is a huge concern for many parents.

Today Prime Minister David Cameron will launch an international crackdown to tackle paedophiles on the ‘dark net’.

Mr Cameron says a new joint unit from the National Crime Agency and GCHQ, will hunt down those behind the images with the same effort used to pursue terrorists or other international criminals.

He says: “Now we want to go even further, making it impossible as far as we can for people to search for these images online altogether”.

The unit will target users sharing child abuse images on the “dark net”, which is areas not indexed by search engines like Google or Bing.

It will see millions of “sickening and depraved” child abuse images removed from the internet.

With children very adept to browsing online and using social media sites to contact their friends, dads you’ll be pleased to know that steps are being made to keep them protected.

Even though, this new unit is being set up, it is still the education of children that is vital for parents and schools to carry out.

Teaching them about viruses, online privacy and social networking etiquette will give your children and you better control about what they share and look at.

Communication is key, if you are concerned about the amount of time your child has spent online or their behaviour after being online, talk to them about it.

It is impossible to protect children from everything but at least it is good news to hear that a change in the law for England and Wales, will help to close a loophole that has seen people escape prosecution.

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