Wombwell and Darfield MP Michael Dugher is backing a campaign to make it a crime for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.
The NSPCC ‘Flaw in the Law’ campaign is calling on the government to introduce a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child, which is known as sexting.
The campaign is seeking an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which is soon due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons.
The move comes after ChildLine saw an 168 per cent increase in the number of children counselled about online sexual abuse last year.
Mr Dugher said: “Given the alarming rise in online child abuse, it is very concerning that the current law is unable to adequately protect children. The internet poses a serious threat to child safety and the NSPCC is absolutely right to highlight the inadequate levels of protection for children who may be sent sexual material from adults online. The government should listen to the serious concerns being raised and create a new offence.”