An important message about staying safe online

Further to a previous blog on a similar subject, I was interested to note that the topic of safety online is being tackled again.

Last night’s edition of 24 Hours in Police Custody addressed the story of 41-year-old “Lee” who handed himself in to Luton Police after admitting to grooming a 12-year-old girl, “Sophie”, online and had arranged to meet her.

Unbeknown to him, Sophie was in fact an adult couple posing as a minor in an attempt to catch paedophiles in the act and encourage them to hand themselves in to police. However Sophie could have just as easily been a young girl/boy looking to make friends on Facebook who whilst doing so could have been lured in to meeting an individual who was seeking to assault or abuse.

At the end of last year, Facebook hit the news again after a father accused them for failing to enforce its age restriction policy when his 11-year-old daughter was found to be exposed to sexual predators online. However, as my previous blog suggests, Facebook is under pressure to monitor age restrictions and take action immediately to remove under age accounts.

However, to own a Facebook account in the first place, you only need to be 13 years of age – and that is still a minor. Parents need to be sure that they remain vigilant against online users, including their own children. Could online usage be limited and could the internet only be accessed from a family computer that is located in an area of the house, such as a living room, where a child can be monitored during their internet usage?

If not, try and encourage your child to tell you about what they are doing online and take an interest in who they are talking to on social media platforms etc., so that you can keep an eye on any unusual activity.

The fact is, there are individuals looking groom young people, especially girls, online and any parent needs to remain in the loop whether or not they are over or under the restricted Facebook age.

If you have been affected by anything shown on last night’s 24 Hoursprogramme, then you can call the Abuse team at Verisona Law who will be happy to help you sensitively deal with your case.

Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

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