For most people today, technology is an absolute necessity and the internet is at the forefront of everything we do. Mobile phones and computers are a part of everyday life for many children and young people. Used correctly, they are an exciting source of communication, fun and education but used incorrectly, or in the wrong hands they can be threatening and dangerous. At Corpus Christi we strive to ensure children are taught how to use the internet safely both inside and outside of school. We have provided a list of links below to a range of websites that provide a wealth of valuable information.
CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is there to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They help thousands of children and young people every year who have been in a similar situation to you.
They are there to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to them if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.
If you make a report to them it will be read by one of their Child Protection Advisors who will get in contact with you on the phone number or email address that you give to them to make sure that you are safe. They will also discuss with you what will happen next. Please try not to worry, you have done nothing wrong and they will do all they can to help you.
They work together with lots of other professionals whose jobs are also to make sure you are safe, this includes other police agencies. If a crime has been committed they will work together and use their specialist skills to identify the person or people responsible and bring them into the criminal justice system.
The CEOP Thinkuknow website also has information and advice to help you to stay safe if something has happened to you online.
If you are being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online – no worry is too big or too small. Please also tell an adult that you trust, like a parent/carer or teacher. Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. They’re there for you online, on the phone, anytime.
NSPCC are the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.
Vodafone – Digital Parenting Magazine