Online grooming leads to assaults, charity warns
The charity Barnardo's says many of the children it has counselled became victims of online grooming and were later assaulted by their abuser.
Barnardo's said of the 702 children it had supported over the past six months at five specialist units across the UK, 297 had been groomed online.
Of these, 182 had met their online groomer and suffered sexual abuse.
Barnardo's said parents must to talk to their children about not revealing personal details to virtual friends.
The data released exclusively to the BBC by the charity also found 146 children who were groomed online were exploited by more than one person.