The quarantine introduced amid the COVID-19 pandemic did not have the best effect on the lives of little Europeans. Children locked up in their homes for two months did not attend school and were deprived of normal communication with their peers. Some have suffered abuse, including on social media, Euronews reported.
The European Commission is concerned about this fact. Children living in EU countries are exposed to sexual and pornographic materials on the internet.
According to Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, the pandemic has exacerbated the issue:
The EU envisages the creation of a European center for the fight against child sexual abuse - the organization of a crime prevention network, and the formation of a reliable legal framework that fully utilizes the existing EU legislation in the field of combating sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.
Brussels indicates that it is striving to resolve these issues as soon as possible.
The European Commission hopes that the proposed initiatives will be effective and that Europe will continue to play a leading role in the fight against abuse and violence against minors.