When should I report to CEOP?
We help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it CEOP using the link above.
“We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all learners. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children and young people are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children and young people receive effective support, protection and justice”.
musical.ly / tiktok
Musical.ly is a popular live streaming app for lip singing (lip sync) amongst children and teenagers. Recently, Musical.ly has been taken over by a different company and is now called ‘TikTok’. Because of TikTok’s emphasis on popular music, many videos include swearing and sexual lyrics, so it may not be age-appropriate for children to use on their own. THe app has also hit the headlines, with concerns over adults using it to inappropriately contact children.
Please can I remind you about how important it is to ensure your children know about security settings and that they need to think carefully about the information they are providing. ‘Tik Tok’ asks users for their Instagram ID to add to their profile which makes it easier for someone to find other accounts they have.
A concern has recently been brought to our attention regarding the use by young people of the online game ‘Doki Doki’ also known as ‘Doki Doki Literature Club’. This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature. A concern has been expressed that the game may trigger suicidal thoughts in young people who may be emotionally vulnerable.
Please monitor and check your child’s internet use regularly and be mindful of the time spent online.
If you have concerns for the welfare of any children who may be using this game, advice can be sought from:
- The Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 123 2224
- ‘Safe Online’ a dedicated 02 NSPCC website https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc or on 0808 800 5002.
- Childline for children and young people 0800 1111.
‘Nude Selfies: What parents and carers need to know’
The following link takes you to a series of four short animated films for parents and carers offering advice on how to keep their children safe from the risks associated with sharing nude and nearly nude images. http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
‘Educate against hate’
Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Here you will find information to help you understand the issues and protect your child. http://www.educateagainsthate.com/