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Online Safety

Abuse and Bullying

To report bullying in school please click here.

Cyber-Bullying

The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun.  However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.  If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there.  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 us.  This may have happened in a chat room, message board, instant messenger 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 sexual advances to your child on the internet you should report it to us.  For the latest Government advice to parents on Cyberbullying click herewww.parentsonlinesafety.com give some excellent advice regarding internet safety and you can sign up for their free newsletter.

Worried about viruses, hacking and your computer’s security?  Being a victim of online crime can be as distressing as real-world robbery.  Learn about the real risks and understand the urgency of protecting yourself at GetSafeOnline.

Think U Knowsuite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety. You can access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations. 

Say Something

The charity Missing People is working in partnership with the NWG Network Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation to provide an awareness campaign and national Freephone reporting service, funded by the Department for Education (DfE). 

The service offers a complimentary and unique additional service, through an anonymous reporting mechanism for young people alongside balancing support and safeguarding them. The helpline will also look to signpost and/or refer young people to relevant local services.

Missing People will send disclosed information about child sexual exploitation to relevant statutory agencies and will expect an appropriate local safeguarding response. The charity will also help the person reporting to be safe, and access support where needed. 

Parents can share the Say Something helpline with other parents and young people who aren’t able to be fully open up about what is happening, so the young people can report their worries anonymously. 

Missing People also operates the Runaway Helpline and has 20 years’ experience supporting missing and exploited young people and their families. 

Call or Text 116000 

Website www.stop-cse.org/saysomething

For enquiries email: bina@nwgnetwork.org 

Facebook: /SaySomething                                                          Twitter:  @SaySomethingIf 

Cybercrime

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the increasing number of young people engaging in cybercrime.

The #CyberChoices campaign targets parents of 12-15 year olds who may be involved in hacking or other kinds of online crime without their parents' knowledge. The campaign, also aimed at professionals who work with children and young people, highlights the range of criminal activities that children may be involved in, how to spot signs of potential problems, what the consequences could be and importantly, signposts better ways for young people to use their technical skills.

For further information about cybercrime, and to watch the short film produced for the campaign, click here.

Extremism/Radicalisation

Educate Against Hate - Advice, support and resources available for parents, teachers and school leaders who want to learn how to protect young people from extremism and radicalisation.

This site is the result of successful collaboration between the Department for Education, the Home Office, the NSPCC, Internet Matters, Childnet, ParentZone, UK Internet Safety Centre, and the many other organisations who have contributed resources.