Police officers are set to monitor social media sites in a bid to stamp out hate crime and cyber bullying.
Social media companies are looking into installing police icons on their sites which users can click if they feel threatened.
The function would allow an officer working remotely to access the chat and offer advice to anyone feeling vulnerable – or at risk of online grooming by paedophiles.
According to the NSPCC, the number of children and young people tormented at the hands of online trolls has increased by 88 per cent in five years.
There were more than 11,000 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online issues last year.
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