Helping young people navigate growing up has always been challenging, but now young people are exploring their relationships both online and off. This can leave them open to risks such as having nude images shared without their consent, being exposed to pornography and bullying, or being contacted by a child sex offender.
CEOP are running a new online safety education and awareness campaign aimed at parents and carers in the form of a short animation, ‘The World Changes. Children Don’t’. On 10th August 2016, CEOP are highlighting online dangers for children and young people and supporting parents and carers to have important conversations with the children they look after. Kent County Council would like to encourage schools and settings to help engage parents/carers and to emphasise how important it is to talk to children and young people about appropriate online conversations and relationships to help guard them from online dangers.
If your school/setting uses social media to engage with parents/carers or the wider community then you can register to join in with the Thunderclap and share the campaign and its messages with your followers by registering here
For more information visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents or visit the CEOP YouTube, Facebook (@ClickCEOP) and Twitter (@CEOPUK) social media channels. If you would like more information please contact the CEOP education team.
Thinkuknow (TUK) is led by the National Crime Agency’s (NCA’s) Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) command and offers a wealth of tips and resources to support parents and carers to have these vital conversations. TUK also provides:
- Free education resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, designed for schools and community groups to use with children and young people from age five upwards and their parents and carers. You can set up a free Thinkuknow account and download all the resources at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers.
- Training for teachers and other professionals:
- A one-day ‘CEOP Ambassadors’ course providing detailed training and information about online safety, child sexual abuse and exploitation and using education to keep children safe. It also enables delegates to deliver TUK materials to fellow professionals – as well as the whole school community.
- Keeping Children Safe Online (KCSO), is an e-learning course developed in partnership with the NSPCC.
- See www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/training for more information.
- A website with honest, realistic and practical advice for children and young people on all aspects of their online lives, presented in age-appropriate and engaging ways. There is also a section for parents and carers, providing detailed advice on how to keep children safe, together with advice about what to do if you have concerns and where to go for help if things go wrong. See www.thinkuknow.co.uk.
- In partnership with Parent Zone, CEOP have created ParentInfo, a free newsfeed service for school websites which offers articles by leading experts on every aspect of children and young people’s lives. Any school can sign up and take a few simple steps to integrate ParentInfo into their own website for free at www.parentinfo.org.