Top Tips for Staying Safe Online
‘Say no to Sexting’ campaign
The 'Say no to Sexting' campaign, run by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and partner agencies, launched on Tuesday as part of Safer Internet Day.
The two-week campaign aims to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and in particular the dangers for young people around sexting. A brand new website is now available with information and advice for both young people and parents. The website also includes access to a new App to help young people say no, along with useful videos and resources for parents professionals and schools. Sexting is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video, usually in a text message or through other messaging services. Sexting is on the rise, yet most young people think that it’s harmless fun. Not only is it illegal but also puts young people at a much higher risk of being sexually exploited online or offline. We all have a part to play in helping young people stay safe online. Could we please urge you to signpost this site to staff, young people and especially parents to visit the new website at www.knowaboutcse.co.uk/parents to find out more about sexting and pick up a few tips to start the conversation with their child. Anyone concerned about ‘sexting’ can go to the website, talk to an adult they trust or call NSPCC on 0800 800 5000, it is free and available 24 hours a day and the number won’t appear on a telephone bill. If you think that your child has been forced to send or receive an indecent image or video, or is engaging with them inappropriately you can contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or report it online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).