The latest statistics for the NCA reveal that child protection officers are investigating an average of one case involving “sexting” every day. the seriousness of this issue was highlighted in the recent the death of teenager Ronan Hughes, who apparently took his own life after being tricked into posting images on a social networking site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-33089388).
In a recent article on the BBC News website Justine Roberts, chief executive of parenting website Mumsnet, said: “No parent wants their child to be exploited, hurt or bullied online, but some adults can feel a bit bewildered by the many different apps, sites and platforms, and by web-based scenarios that just didn’t occur when they were growing up”
To help parents address the issue, CEOP have now released a series of four videos to understand the issue and more importantly how to go about supporting their child in dealing with it when it occurs. These videos are available on their ‘Think You Know ‘web site at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Nude-Selfies-What-parents-and-carers-need-to-know/ and can also be found on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjV0lKYpakk
To hear more about the latest issues including sexting, book on to the ICT4C conference ‘Safeguarding in a Digital World’ on June 23rd at Elland Road, Leeds . Click here to find out more and book your place.