E-safe Buddies (Special adition)
Young People sharing nude selfies
As young people spend more and more time communicating through devices such as smartphones, friendships and relationships are no longer confined to face to face conversations,
The internet and the technology that excesses it have opened a world of exciting possibility's to our children and young people but there are also dangers,
And the list goes on….
So how as Carers /Parents/Grand parents do we protect our children at a time in their lives when they are still developing their skills to keep themselves safe?
Every child is unique so there is no one solution that works for everyone, but a good starting point would be to take an interest in what they do online, ask them to help you understand how chat rooms, SMS, social media work and how important is to them?
E-safe Buddies hope that these newsletters will also help you to start the conversation as we show you what's new - what the future may hold - Todays trends the benefits and the dangers they may hold - links to resources and information to help you understand and support the child/young person.
this is a special addition publication in support of the National Crime Agency's Champaign
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Feature Article "Sexting"
on the 15th June 2015, the NCA (National Crime Agency), launched a campaign for parents to deal with an increase in young people sharing nude selfies.
The Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said it receives on average one report a day of a child protection issue linked to sexting.
As Zoe Hilton, Head of Safeguarding at CEOP Command, said staff received hundreds of reports a year of "difficult and sometimes harmful" situations linked to sexting.
"We are talking about cases where sexting has led to a child protection issue," she said.
"Something that has started out as relatively innocent or normal for the young people involved has unfortunately turned into something that is quite nasty and needs intervention in order to safeguard and protect the child. Some of the worst examples are children sharing images of themselves and making themselves very vulnerable," she added.
To give parents the tools to deal with these issues and reduce the dangers of sexting, CEOP have created a series of short animations entitled ‘Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know’. <<click the link
Please take the time to watch these four short videos
E-Safe buddies also have a downloadable resource developed by the South West Grid for Learning "So you got naked online" sexting tool kit.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) have also produced another film aimed at teenagers aged 14-18, warning them of the dangers of sex-texting, or sexting. Sharing revealing or indecent images of themselves with friends can be easily distributed more widely on the web with devastating consequences.
Please share with young people in your home - share with the parents of your children's friends. Share with your mailing list share it on your social media
How common is sexting?
'Sexting' is an increasingly common activity among children and young people, where they share inappropriate or explicit images online or through mobile phones. It can also refer to written messages.
As a parent, it is important to understand the risks so that you can talk to your child about how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
What is sexting?
'Sexting' is the exchange of self-generated sexually explicit images, through mobile picture messages or webcams over the internet.
Young people may also call it:
- Sending a nudie, picture or selfie
'Sexting' is often seen as flirting by children and young people who feel that it's a part of normal life. <<< a really interesting and revealing report
'Sexting' is more common than you may think, and has been found to be commonplace amongst children and young people.
There was a 28% increase in calls to ChildLine in 2012/13 (compared to the previous year) that mentioned 'sexting' – nearly one every day.
Most young people do not see 'sexting' as a problem and are reluctant to talk to adults about it because they are afraid of being judged or having their phones taken away.
Sending pictures and inappropriate content has become normal teenage behaviour. A Channel 4 News investigation explores the issues in this video: Generation sex: explicit pics 'the norm' for teens.
Read the full article on the NSPCC site here