Reports that photos of British school children, some as young as five, are being harvested from social media accounts and shared across a Russian ‘paedophile website’.
Images of pupils from eight primary and secondary schools in Scotland were found on the website described as a global ‘meeting place for paedophiles’ that attracts 20million visitors each month, shares Daily Mail.
The photos were taken from official school social media accounts and posted by anonymous users who bragged about being sexually attracted to children.
The photos were innocent, showing kids’ academic and sporting achievements, but they featured alongside extreme images of babies and children from around the world.
In many of the images, children were holding certificates with their names on, meaning they could be easily tracked down.
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The site, run from the city of St Petersburg, was described by US law enforcement as as ‘popular for trading child pornography’.
The Scottish Government said there were no nationwide rules around schools’ use of social media.
A spokesman said councils should ‘fully exercise responsibility for the care, safety and welfare of all pupils in school’.
A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman urged schools to take better safety precautions.
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