SOCIAL media firms have failed to tackle online child abuse, grooming and bullying, a leading children’s charity has said.

The NSPCC has called on the Government to create new laws forcing internet giants such as Facebook and Twitter to do more to stop the rising problem.

The calls come weeks after Theresa May put pressure on social media networks to clamp down on terrorist or extremist content on their sites in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

NSPCC bosses have set out a three-step “rulebook”, which they want enforced by independent regulators.

It would mean “safe accounts” with the highest privacy settings for under-18s, grooming and bullying notifications for youngsters being targeted and child safety moderators employed by all networks.