The UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre reports in its Annual Review that it had assisted in protecting '139 children and disrupte 82 paedophile networks' during the past year.
The types of crimes, in the UK and abroad, include a wide range of offences from possession of indecent images of children and rape.
Jim Gamble, CEO of CEOP, stated, "..This is not about technology - this is about people. There is no distinction between the online and offline worlds......This is about the behaviour of offenders manipulating any environment to abuse children..."
CEOP's Annual Review showed that there was a "fast and growing trend" of grooming through social networking sites and warns that mobile Internet access was "placing new and additional responsibilities on parents".
Mr Gamble added, "...Child protection is everybody's business and we should afford our children the same protection online that we would give them in the park or playground".