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Vienna: online child abuse is a growing international concern.

Europe Security News.- Online child abuse is a growing international concern.

Europe Security News.- Online child abuse is a growing international concern.

In Vienna , under the umbrella of the UNODC, this week a group of experts met to review the effects of new information technology on the abuse and exploitation of children, along with measures that have proven effective in combating it. The meeting brought together experts from the fields of law enforcement, research, industry and academia.

The online exploitation of children is a growing international concern, with advances in technology facilitating their abuse. Cheap prices for information and communication technology (ICT) devices and easy internet access means that sex offenders have unprecedented access to materials and an online community to affirm their abusive and exploitative behaviour.

In addition, children and young people are adopting new technology earlier and more often, and unwittingly exposing themselves to online child predators at an unprecedented rate. Sexual abuse for private and commercial purposes, child trafficking, cyber grooming and cyber bullying are just some of the risks the digital age has brought to children across the world.