The world is a wonderful place full of information and opportunities. It is the place where your children will express themselves, explore and be creative. They will also try new things, sometimes push boundaries and take risks. This document will provide you with some key links to help you support your child as they grow up.
Has someone acted inappropriately towards your child online?
If your child has experienced sexual or offensive chat that has made them feel uncomfortable or someone is trying to meet up with them, you can report this directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). This may have happened in a chat room, message board, instant message or on a social networking site. It could be on a mobile phone, games console or computer. It could be messages, images or conversations over webcam. The important thing is that if an adult is making inappropriate advances to your child on the internet you should report it to CEOP. Make a CEOP Report – https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/ – If you or your child is in immediate danger call 999
How can I help my child stay safe online?
For a wide range of information about keeping your child safe online visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Sexting help – So you got naked online? http://www.swgfl.org.uk/products-services/Online-Safety-Services/E-Safety-Resources/So-You-Got-Naked-Online/Content/Sexting-Toolkit.aspx
What help can I get for my child?
If your child needs someone to talk to because something has upset them, it could be that they are being bullied or that they have seen something online which they wish they hadn’t. Children can ring NSPCC Childline on 0800 1111 and speak to trained counselors about any problems they may face or visit www.childline.org.uk
Child sexual exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
- Find out more here:
- http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/child-sexual-exploitation/ – Child sexual exploitation At a glance
- http://www.paceuk.info/ – Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation
- Watch the Exploited video from CEOP which identifies the features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qORv-TgI4JI
Worried about viruses, hacking and online security?
Being the victim of online crime can be as distressing as real-world robbery. Learn about the risks and understand the urgency of protecting your family at http://www.getsafeonline.org/
The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet
‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, from CEOP, is a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent. It covers topics such as, talking to your child about the technologies they use and the things they might see, such as pornography. Watch the guide here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyzokhRfRJA
Does your child need support with mental health and well being?
- http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ – The Voice for young people’s mental health and well being
- https://www.minded.org.uk/ – bite-sized chunks designed to support mental health
- http://mentalhealth.org.uk/ – Mental Health Foundation
Supporting victims of honour crimes and forced marriages
Some Great links for students:
- http://respectnotfear.co.uk/ – Respect not fear
- http://mesmac.co.uk/blast – Sexual exploitation site for boys and young men
Some Great links for parents