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Are you & your children #ShareAware?

We're supporting the NSPCC's online safety campaign for 8-12 year olds and their parents.

Did you know...

  • 1 in 5 of 8-11 year olds who go online have a social network profile*
  • 50% of all 11 and 12 year-olds in the UK use a social networking site*
  • 60% of 14-17 year olds we surveyed last year said they had been asked to send a naked image of themselves online.

*Research from the NSPCC's Share Aware campaign

Mother and Child

Online sites, apps and games form a part of daily life for children and young people. Being connected offers many benefits but it is vital we all promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology, to empower children and young people with the knowledge to use the internet safely.

To help raise awareness, children's charity NSPCC have launched an online safety campaign called Share Aware. Aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12, the campaign encourages parents to make sure they are well-informed about online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.

We've our support for the campaign as part of our commitment to protecting children and young people. We're spreading the word about online safety with regular visits to local schools and youth clubs by eSafety trained officers and PCSOs. 

We believe parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. But we know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use.

Online resources

As part of the NSPCC's Share Aware campaign, parents can find 'straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will untangle the web' by visiting NSPCC - #ShareAware website

Information includes a guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use, alongside a number of helpful hints and tips for starting the online safety conversation with your children.

There's also a video for children aged 8-12 years old, 'Have you seen Alex's willy?', which aims to highlight the risks of sharing photos online.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre provides support for parents and professionals who work with children and young people in the UK.

They can help with all aspects of digital and online issues, such as:

  • Social networking
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting
  • Online gaming
  • Child protection
  • Online reputation

The UK Safer Internet Centre coordinate Safer Internet Day, which is celebrated across the globe in February each year. This year's theme is 'let's create a better internet together' and takes place on Tuesday 10th February.

Find out how you can get involved in Safer Internet Day 2015 on the Safer Internet website .

ThinkUKnow

ThinkUKnow.co.uk is a fantastic resource that provides good quality help and advice for schools, teachers and youth workers. It also has age-appropriate resources to help children and young people stay safe and be web wise.

For more information, choose from the relevant links below:

For information for children and young people, choose from the relevant age ranges below:

How do I report concerns?

Depending on the circumstances of the incident, there are various ways which you can report your concerns over inappropriate online content.

Inappropriate behaviour of an adult

If someone acts inappropriately towards a child or young person online, report it to Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

CEOP is part of UK police and works to protect children from harm online and offline. Find out more about the role of CEOP on the CEOP website

For advice, or to make a report online, visit the CEOP website

Child sexual abuse image on the Internet

If you come across child sexual abuse images on the internet, you should report them to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - reports are confidential and can be made anonymously.

Your report will help the IWF to remove the images from the internet, making the internet a safer place for everyone, and will support the investigative process which could bring those responsible to justice.

IWF website

Bullying

Children in need of support following a bullying incident can contact Childline or Get Connected:

Childline website

0800 1111

If you are a parent seeking support, please contact NSPCC Helpline:

NSPCC website

0808 800 5000

Homophobic or transphobic bullying

EACH is a charity for people affected by homophobia and transphobia. Young people (and adults on their behalf) can call the Actionline for advice and report bullying and harassment via their online reporting form.

EACH website

0808 1000 143

Need immediate help?

If you need immediate help in an emergency, call 999.

To contact us about non-urgent police issue, call 101 or contact us online.