The NSPCC has launched a new campaign calling for a new regulator after recent figures have shown the increasing presence of sex offenders using the web to commit sexual assault or grooming.
Across the UK and Wales last year, there were 9,543 recorded crimes where an offender contacted a child online, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Cyber-related crime crimes make up 16% of child sexual offences between September 2017 and September 2018.
Des Mannion, NSPCC Regional Head of Service for London and the South East, said: “It is time social networks were made to take responsibility and stopped allowing their platforms to be used as gateways for these devastating crimes.”
NSPCC is calling for people to join the petition which needs 45,000 signatures to call Home Secretary, Sajid Javid and Digital Secretary, Jeremy Wright to introduce new legislation for protecting children online.
The charity wants the implementation of child safety rules and the power to fine individuals who are making online networks unsafe.
Social networks must make it easier for children to report their concerns with a fast-track process, and publish how they are dealing with complaints in these online spaces.