Crawley MP Henry Smith MP has given his support to the NSPCC’s Flaw in the Law campaign to protect children from sexual predators.
The campaign is asking for a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child.
The NSPCC is seeking an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which is due to receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday (January 5).
Henry said; “As a father myself, while there are some great benefits to new technologies, there are also huge risks for our children.
“The concern is that existing loopholes may allow abuse to be committed online, even if the adult has no intention to meet the child in person. This is obviously abhorrent, and I look forward to speaking with colleagues in Parliament as to how we can work to resolve this issue.”
Claire Lilley, head of Child Safety Online at the NSPCC, said: “We are very grateful to Henry Smith MP for supporting the Flaw in the Law campaign. We want legislation to keep up with technology and offender behaviour in order to properly protect children.
“We shouldn’t have to wait for an offender to meet a child before the law steps in. Without clarity in the law, vital opportunities to stop abusers grooming young people online are being missed and in many cases the police and powerless to act.”