We're supporting the NSPCC's online safety campaign for 8-12 year olds and their parents.
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*Research from the NSPCC's Share Aware campaign
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.
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.
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:
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.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:
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, there are various ways which you can report your concerns over inappropriate online content.
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
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.
Children in need of support following a bullying incident can contact Childline or Get Connected:
If you are a parent seeking support, please contact NSPCC Helpline:
0808 800 5000
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.
0808 1000 143
If you need immediate help in an emergency, call 999.
To contact us about non-urgent police issue, call 101 or contact us online.