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Online Abuse

Online/ E-Safety (Advice for Children and Young people)

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Find out the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Also, find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it.

Top tips for young people

1. Always set your social networks (Hi5. Facebooks, Bebo) to private.

To do this

  • click on my accounts
  • scroll down to privacy settings
  • click only friends and networks..it is that easy!

2. Never give out personal information such as home address, school, and phone numbers

3. Dont post pictures of yourself that you may be embarrassed by later

4. Posting videos that are rude or offensive can come back to haunt you later if you are trying to get into college or universitywhat you put on the internet stays there!

5. Never send pictures of yourself that can be seen as nasty or inappropriate while using your phone...it can be illegal!

6. Always keep your Bluetooth on OFF

7. Dont send mean or harassing messages while using the internet or your phone...that makes you a cyberbully!

8. Do not give out personal information while gaming...it is the same as on MSN!

9. Remember that illegal downloading can cost you access to the internet...if you get caught, they will shut off your internet access!

10. If you are getting harassed on the internet or with your phone, report the abuse to the phone company or msn programme, they can help!

11. If someone asks you for inappropriate materials of yourself or others, always report them to www.ceop.gov.uk

Why do children and young people need to know about esafety?

It is important that you know about the issues that affect your daily lives.

Esafety is not just about protecting you from people trying to harm you on the internet, whether it is by sexually exploiting you, sexually harming you in person, or by sending you harmful messages.

It is also about helping you understand about the consequences of viewing inappropriate material online, being a bully online, and about downloading and producing online materials illegally.

FIVE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE PRESSING "SEND"

  • Don't assume anything you send or post is going to remain private.
  • Your messages and images will get passed around, even if you think they won’t: 40% of teens and young adults say they have had a sexually suggestive message (originally meant to be private) shown to them and 20% say they have shared such a message with someone other than the person for whom is was originally meant.
  • There is no changing your mind in cyberspace—anything you send or post will never truly go away.
  • Something that seems fun and flirty and is done on a whim will never really die. Potential employers, college recruiters, teachers, coaches, parents, friends, enemies, strangers and others may all be able to find your past posts, even after you delete them. And it is nearly impossible to control what other people are posting about you. Think about it: Even if you have second thoughts and delete a racy photo, there is no telling who has already copied that photo and posted it elsewhere.
  • Don’t give in to the pressure to do something that makes you uncomfortable, even in cyberspace

 

More than 40% of teens and young adults (42% total, 47% of teens, 38% of young adults) say "pressure from guys" is a reason girls and women send and post sexually suggestive messages and images. More than 20% of teens and young adults (22% total, 24% teens, 20% young adults) say "pressure from friends" is a reason guys send and post sexually suggestive messages and images.

 

Consider the recipient’s reaction.

Just because a message is meant to be fun doesn’t mean the person who gets it will see it that way. Four in ten teen girls who have sent sexually suggestive content did so "as a joke" but many teen boys (29%) agree that girls who send such content are "expected to date or hook up in real life." It’s easier to be more provocative or outgoing online, but whatever you write, post or send does contribute to the real life impression you’re making.

Nothing is truly anonymous.

Nearly one in five young people who send sexually suggestive messages and images, do so to people they only know online (18% total, 15% teens, 19% young adults). It is important to remember that even if someone only knows you by screen name, online profile, phone number or email address, that they can probably find you if they try hard enough.

Social Networks

- No matter how old you are, if you have a social network page, you should have it set to private! Setting privacy settings is easy!

  1. Sign in to the main page
  2. In the tool bar, click on settings
  3. Then click on Privacy
  4. Each section has its own settings
  5. Click Only Friends and Networks for each one and you are done!

 

 

MSN

- Remember that what you say online is real! When you use MSN remember that being a bully is not ok! Also, remember that you may be talking to someone who is not who they say they are and you need to be safe! Do not give out personal information like your address and phone number or the school you go to.

 

SNAPCHAT

A Parent's guide to SNAPCHAT, click here to access the guide

 

Cyberbullying

- Being a bully online can affect everyone!

If you send nasty, rude, harassing or threatening messages and images to someone, it can affect them in ways you do not know. It can affect how they see themselves, how they talk to people, what they eat, how they think and how they live!

What you say while using the internet or your phone is real and has real consequences!

To help others who have been victims of cyberbullying, become a Cybermentor!

For more information, visit http://www.brentlscb.org.uk/main/www.cybermentors.org.uk

 CEOP logo

Things to know about:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)-
for sexually explicit images or videos

  1. to send them an inappropriate video or picture of yourself,
  2. to meet them in person and they are not who they said they were

 

Also if you have been harmed by someone you met off the internet or if you have seen something you feel needs to be reported about another child or young person. CEOP can help!

There's also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. They are called the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre 

childline plus number

You may like to talk to someone at Childline - their freephone number is 0800 1111.

 

Disrespect NoBody

Get advice and support if you’re worried about any kind of relationship abuse including sexting, relationship abuse, consent, rape and porn.

Click here to go to their website

thin-u-know logo

Think U Know offers lots of advice for parents and carers on how to protect your child/ren from internet abuse - click on this link to visit their website

 

Sexual Communication with a child under the age of 16 – new offence

Section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 inserts a new offence into the Sexual Offences Act 2003, at section 15A, criminalising sexual communication with a child.

This new classification criminalises conduct of an adult who intentionally communicates with a child under the age of 16 (whom the adult does not reasonably hold the belief for them to be aged 16 or over) with the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification if that communication is sexual in nature or it’s intent is to encourage that child to make a communication that is sexual.

Situations that will be covered by the offence include talking sexually to a child in an online chatroom, sexually explicit SMS text messages to a child along with inviting a child to communicate sexually ( whether the invitation itself is sexual or not ).

From 3 April 2017, any adult caught breaking the law will face up to two years in prison and be automatically placed on the sex offenders register. The law will cover both online and offline communication, including social media, e-mail, and letters.

 

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News

Chelsea's Choice & Crashing

We are holding two FREE evening performances based on Child Sexual Exploitation. One performance of Chelsea’s Choice and one performance of Crashing. Please click on this link for more details.

May 2017 newsletter

Click here for our latest newsletter

Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here 

 

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

‘The More You Know, The More You See’ – Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Flitwick

Time: 9:30 – 4:30 (Registration 9:00 – 9:30)

For more details please click here