Facebook and the CEOP Centre have joined forces to make young people safer online by launching the new Facebook âClickCEOP’ application http://apps.facebook.com/clickceop/
Launched on the 12th July, all young users of Facebook – and their parents/carers – are invited to add the new ClickCEOP âapp’ to their profile. Through this app, they will be able to access advice, help and support directly from the CEOP Centre as well as Facebook. Crucially, young people will be able to report instances of suspected grooming or inappropriate sexual behaviour directly from their profile to specially trained investigators from CEOP.The âapp’ is the outcome of collaboration between CEOP and Facebook who have combined Facebook’s expertise in connecting and communicating online with CEOP’s expertise in helping young people stay safe.
Once added to their profiles, young users (and any adults who add the app) will receive regular messages from CEOP and its partner organisations who operate âbehind the button’ to make children safer. CEOP’s new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP) will also contain polls, news alerts and status updates. The page will look at topics that teenagers care about, such as celebrities, music and exams and will link these subjects to questions about online safety.
Any Facebook user can add or bookmark the âapp’ so it appears on their profile, as not only a constant source of help and reassurance but also as a strong visual signal to friends, family and others that they are in control online.
The move is also being supported by an advertising campaign on Facebook that will encourage take up, which will include an automatic advert appearing on every profile of users aged between 13-18 years inviting them to add the app.
Jim Gamble, Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre said:
“Today represents a huge step forward. By adding this app, Facebook users will have direct access to all the services that sit behind our ClickCEOP button and this should provide reassurance for the many parents whose teenage children use Facebook. We know from speaking to offenders that a visible deterrent could protect young people online. We urge all Facebook users not only to add the app, but also to bookmark it so that others can see that they’re in control online. Our dialogue with Facebook about adopting the ClickCEOP button is well documented – this is a good day for child protection.”
Joanna Shields, Facebook’s Vice President for EMEA said:
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our users, which is why we have invested so much in making Facebook one of the safest places on the internet. There is no single silver bullet to making the internet safer but by joining forces with CEOP, we have developed a comprehensive solution which marries our expertise in technology with CEOP’s expertise in online safety. Together we have developed a new way of helping young people stays safe online and backed this with an awareness campaign to publicise it to young users. It is only through the constant and concerted effort of the industry, police, parents and young people themselves that we can all keep safe online – whether on Facebook or elsewhere.”
ClickCEOP in Facebook – How can we help?
If you would like to support CEOP and Facebook’s initiative, please use any of the following updates.
Facebook status update:
If you have a fan page, profile or group on Facebook then add the ClickCEOP app directly and promote it to your users. If you work with young people then promote young people use of the Facebook App across your school or setting www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP
Web site content:
Feel free to add this to your website/communications channel for young people and parents/carers
“Every young person on Facebook needs the ClickCEOP app – this is why
If you have teenagers, then you’ll know they will probably be using Facebook. You might even be using it yourself… if so, you will want to know about a new, free application in Facebook that is designed to keep young people safe while they are having fun networking online.
ClickCEOP is a new âapp’ launched on Monday 12 July which links the young usre (and parents) directly from their Facebook profile to help, advice and reporting facilities of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre – the police agency set up to tackle child abuse www.ceop.police.uk
By adding the app, young people and parents can get support from CEOP on a range of issues – viruses, hacking, dealing with bullying online and they can report someone who is acting inappropriately towards them online.
If you have a Facebook profile, app and bookmark the app. If children in your care are on Facebook, get them to search âClickCEOP’ in Facebook and give them to chance to be one click away from help – if they should ever need it.
Web Browsers – Add the CEOP Report Abuse button to your web browser
You can download the ‘Click CEOP’ button into your browser toolbar to provide instant access to internet safety information for children and parents.
This works on Internet Explorer 8, Firefox or Google Chrome. www.ceop.police.uk/browsersafety
Register your Website as a “Digital Asset”
If you manage or are in the process of setting up a website aimed at young people, or if you work with young people and/or parents/carers in a way in which your site could or should carry e-Safety advice then you can register your website with CEOP as part of their Digital Asset Library. CEOP offer a number of free downloads available when you register your website, each designed to provide young people and parents/carers with a one-click route to advice, guidance and if required an ability to report online crime. Please register with CEOP to download the resources www.thinkuknow.co.uk/assets
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