Police warned that peadophiles may exploit the coronavirus lockdown- with children away from school and more likely to be using their laptops and tablets.
Now Police Scotland has revealed its Internet Investigations Unit has prepared over 350 child abuse probes since January.
The National Online Child Abuse Prevention (NOCAP) ‘packages’ give intelligence and evidence to officers to arrest online predators.
Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan, Major Crime and Public Protection lead for Police Scotland, gave a start warning that offenders risked ‘losing everything’.
He said:“Online child sexual abuse is a national threat with advancements in technology, online functions and platforms giving predators ever evolving opportunity to target children.
“Behind every downloaded image, every attempt to groom or to extort, is a child being victimised by a faceless predator.
“As today’s figures show, predators are not anonymous. Every action leaves a trace, and we will work with our partners, nationally and internationally, to track you down.
“You will be caught and you risk losing everything.”
He added: “Tackling online child abuse is a priority. We draw on specialist resources from across our organisation to gather intelligence, to carry out digital forensic examinations and to support our investigations.
“And we will continue to improve our response: investing resources, using the latest technologies and taking action to identify and apprehend those who pose a threat to our children.”
A statement from the force said they work with other police services and organisations across the world to crack down on child abuse.