Paedophiles every parent should watch out for online


Every parent worries about keeping their child safe online.

Sexual predators often use the internet to target children or young people through social media platforms and chat rooms.

Liverpool's crown and magistrates' courts frequently deal with cases where paedophiles have exploited the likes of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook to prey upon potential victims.

And a recent case even involved a pervert targeting children as young as seven on the online gaming service XBox Live - chatting to boys who were innocently playing Fortnite and Roblox.

Knowing how these kinds of predators operate is something we should all be aware of.

And having conversations with your children about being safe online and reporting anything suspicious that they come across is also vital.

These crimes can have severe and long lasting impacts on victims, who suffer psychological harm.

Meanwhile, initial contact online sometimes leads to even more serious offences being committed in person against a child.

It is often only through a combination of the bravery of these children and determined policing that predators are brought to justice.

To make parents aware of the ways in which predators can target and groom children we have put together a list of some of these men and their despicable crimes.