Web safety: Information for parents and carers
Please take a moment to look at the site shown below, www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/. You can access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP. www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
Vodaphone have also created a good parents guide, the link is on the right.
You can also download this Digital Parenting Magazine, which is full of information, tips and help if you have children or young people online.
Cybercrime: Preventing young people from getting involve
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the increasing number of young people engaging in cybercrime.
The #CyberChoices campaign targets parents of 12-15 year olds who may be involved in hacking or other kinds of online crime without their parents' knowledge. The campaign, also aimed at professionals who work with children and young people, highlights the range of criminal activities that children may be involved in, how to spot signs of potential problems, what the consequences could be and importantly, signposts better ways for young people to use their technical skills.
For further information about cybercrime, and to watch the short film produced for the campaign click here. For advice from the NCA on how to help young people avoid the risks of getting involved in cybercrime, and how to work with parents and carers on this issue visit the NCA website.