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Unhealthy relationships highlighted in new Childline campaign

As more and more young people are using apps and webcams, Childline has seen a rise in contacts about online sexual abuse.

New figures from our Childline service show:

  • the number of counselling sessions for online sexual abuse worries rose last year (2015-16) by 24% to 3,716
  • most of the young people were aged 12-15 and almost two-thirds were girls
  • 1 in 8 of the sessions related specifically to grooming, an increase of 21%