CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. We also offer advice and links to support in response to other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying or hacking. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
Keeping Safe Online
E-safety is so important and as technology moves forward, so does children's use of the internet and apps. The internet is increasingly important to children; they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. There is no doubt that it is a highly creative place but there are risks - online bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them accessing inappropriate content.
Talking to your children about their use of the internet on a regular basis. Some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com include:
- Ask your children to talk to you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you? What is ok and not ok to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find safety advice or privacy settings and how to report or block services they use.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
It is important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Snapchat is 13 years old. Apps also have guidance on age-appropriateness so please always check!
The websites below are a useful starting point for finding out more about internet safety. Some of them contain videos you can watch with your child whilst others give ideas for conversation starters.