Who do you turn to when things get tricky online?
July 05th, 2016 - UNICEF published new videos about young people and their way to deal with online safety issues.
Man jailed for online child abuses
June 28th, 2016 - An article in the Guardian reports that a man who contacted thousands of underage girls on social media in attempt to persuade them to perform sexual acts on camera, was sentenced to ten years of jail. Figures show that the internet was used to commit an average of eight sex crimes against children in England and Wales every day in the past year. Parents therefore need to be aware of what children are doing online.
Video on sexual exploitation online
June 24th, 2016 - An estimated 72% of children who are exploited online are under the age of ten years. In a video, ECPAT International gives them a voice to speak out about their experiences.
New recource by childnet to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online
May 30th, 2016 - Developed by childnet in partnership with the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) Safeguarding Board, the resource contains lesson plans for both primary and secondary level that aim to empower educators to discuss how to think critically around content seen online, contact that young people may have with others online, and propaganda material that may seek to persuade or change their views. The packs also contain guidance for teachers on questions to ask and further sources of information.
Get the App against Cyber-bullying!
May 10th, 2016 - The klicksafe Youth Panel developed a first aid app to help you dealing with Cyber-bullying. You can get practical tips on how to behave as well as support for taking action against Cyber-bullying. There are also infomation on legal aspects, links to information centres and tutorials about reporting and deleting. Get the app here!
Report on 'Digital Dangers: The impact of technology on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people' released
November 9th, 2015 - This report, co-produced by Barnardo’s and Marie Collins Foundation (UK organisations), highlights how all children, not just children identified as being ‘traditionally’ vulnerable to sexual exploitation, can become victims of sexual abuse and exploitation online. Drawing on interviews with 34 practitioners in Barnardo’s sexual exploitation services the findings show that technology has become integral to the sexual exploitation of young people accessing these services, whether it’s through monitoring by smartphones to being groomed online. As well as interviewing practitioners the research interviewed a small number of victims and parents/ carers and provides recommendations to take the work forward.
Teenage chat guide helps parents spot online dangers
September 11th, 2015 - Parent Info website includes dictionary of abbreviations used by teenagers in chatrooms, many dealing with online sexual relationships. The guide is part of Parent Info, an online service announced by the Department for Education, which aims to provide tips on navigating teenage life and give adults the confidence to talk about sensitive topics with their children.
Short animated films for parents and carers about sexting
June 16th, 2015 - Child Exploitation Protection Unit (CEOP) UK and Innocence in Danger Germany have launched a new campaign ‘Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know’. This is a series of four short animated films for parents and carers offering advice on how to help keep their children safe from the risks associated with sharing nude and nearly nude images.
A new Digital Manifesto
April 2015 - The Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (ECPAT UK is a member) published - A new Digital Manifesto for online child safety, calling on the UK Government to enshrine the right for children to claim compensation for sexual abuse online, and for new powers to hold internet companies and other corporate bodies to account for upholding online child safety.
The Digital Manifesto sets out an extensive set of policies and recommendations to improve online child protection in the areas of online safety education, policing, public accountability and support for professionals.