Online abuse and safety
Online abuse and advice on how to keep children and young
people safe online (Advise for parents/Carers)
The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these
days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities,
giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games
console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly
accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want
to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like
learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for
life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and
informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet
and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who
might seek them out to harm them. Please look at the Children and
Young people page on this website on online abuse - click on this link
Your guide to the social networks your kids use
Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital
The NSPCC has published a parent’s guide to keeping children
safe on Pokémon Go.
Click on this link to go to the guide
Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to
Today, the National Crime Agency, has launched a
campaign for parents to deal with an increase in young people
sharing nude selfies.
To give parents the tools to deal with these
issues and reduce the dangers of sexting, CEOP have created a
series of short animations entitled
‘Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know’. The new
Thinkuknow films are
packed with information and advice on helping parents to advise
children about avoiding taking risks online, knowing what’s safe
and what’s not, and where to get help if anything goes wrong.
The four films are available to
watch for free online,
A parent's guide to SNAPCHAT. Click here
to see the guide.
National advice provided for parents and carers on how to keep
your children and young people safe online
Check out these websites for more useful information and advise
on how to keep your children safe online.
The Department for Education has published new guidance on
protecting children from cyberbullying for parents
and carers. Advice includes set boundaries, talk to children about
safety issues and print out evidence of online harassment.
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying
The NSPCC has published an overview of online
abuse. Content includes: what it is; spotting its signs, symptoms
and effects; how to keep children safe; and legislation, policy and
practice around online safety.
Click here to be directed to their website.
The NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign
which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep
their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks. Resources include: a
YouTube video; a parents' guide to social networks; tips for
talking to your child about online safety; and a Be ShareAware
Click here to go to the webpage on Share Aware
NSPCC and O2 have joined forces to keep
children safe online.
Why not watch
our short video above to find out more?
Further information can be found on the
The NSPCC and O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how
innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results.
Highlights how using parental controls to block or filter content
can help keep children safe online and includes information on how
to set up parental controls on mobiles and tablets, home computers,
search engines and games consoles. Further information can be found
on the NSPCC website.
Stop it Now have launched their new website aimed at people
who have been downloaded indecent images of children and their
They have added a completely new section for
Family and Friends:
This section is designed to support concerned family and
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has launched a
new campaign to deter people from viewing child abuse images
online. The Stop it now resources include information and support
to help users of online abuse images cope with difficult emotions
and change their behaviour.
They have also launched
What’s the Problem? - a new comprehensive
guide full of information and top tips for parents on how to keep
their children safe. Why now download the guide
Film warning about online
Leicestershire Police has made its film to raise awareness of
the dangers of online grooming publicly available. Based on the
story of teenager Kayleigh Haywood, the film highlights how quickly
and easily children can be groomed online without them or those
around them knowing it is happening. Kayleigh’s love story is
available to watch online in eight different versions, including a
signed version, and audio described version and versions translated
into five languages. It has previously been shown to schoolchildren
aged 11 and above in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in
controlled screenings by specially trained officers.
Source: Leicestershire Police
Date: 03 January 2017
Further information: Kayleigh’s love story
Audio described - Kayleigh’s love story
BSL and subtitles - Kayleigh’s love story
Gujarati - Kayleigh’s love story
Hindi - Kayleigh’s love story
Polish - Kayleigh’s love story
Punjabi - Kayleigh’s love story
Urdu - Kayleigh’s love story
CEOP warns of webcam abuse
As you may have seen in the media, CEOP warned of a
concerning rise in the use of webcam by sex offenders to blackmail
children and young people online.
We want all young people to know that if they are being
threatened online, if they've shared something they regret, it's
never too late to get help.
Young people might feel like there is no way out but they can
always report to CEOP online at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ or
visiting the CEOP Safety