Child Abuse via Live Stream

You may have seen news coverage in the last few days about the increased threat of sexual offending via Live streaming apps. As well as directing you to our new resources on Live Streaming #LiveSkills that can be used to educate children, young people, parents and carers about Live streaming, it was important that we address the behaviour of sharing images and videos of sexual abuse. 

This week, CEOP received an unprecedented number of reports about a sexual abuse video, involving two children, which has gone ‘viral’. We hope you understand that for the purposes of the ongoing safeguarding for the children involved, we are unable to release specifics about the content in the video, however, we can inform you that the children are safe and that a man has been arrested and charged with several offences in connection with this incident.
 
The advice from police in relation to this video is that if children and young people receive it on any social media platform, they should delete it immediately and tell a trusted adult – a teacher or parent for example.
 
It is really important that they understand that if they show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people, they could be committing a crime and we want to stop that happening. The police have been clear that they do not want to criminalise children and that children won’t be in trouble if they’ve made a genuine mistake.
 
For professionals and parents finding out that images and videos of abuse are being circulated by young people and adults on social media, it can be a stressful time and difficult to know what course of action to take immediately. Here are some clear steps to take and important things to remember.

  1. Please never share a video or image depicting any kind of abuse involving children
  2. Each time a video or image of abuse is shared it re-victimises the child and increases the likelihood of blackmail, feelings of self-blame and powerlessness
  3. Report it to the platform it has been shared on e.g YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc
  4. Report it to CEOP if it is an image or video of sexual abuse involving a child with a link to where the video or image is hosted e.g YouTube, Facebook.
  5. If it’s not on a public platform and in only exists on a device ie. Phone, tablet. Once reported, with authorisation of CEOP or the Police, delete it from the device it has been sent to (if offender usernames are visible make note of them)
  6. Encourage other people to report if it is being shared publicly

If you work in a school or college and are concerned about what to do with peer to peer sharing of sexual images or videos you can refer to the ‘Sexting in schools and colleges guidance’
 
If a parent or carer is worried about a child seeing inappropriate things online Thinkuknow/parents has more information.

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A Safer Internet?

This week the Government published it's Internet Safety Strategy green paper.

The Internet Safety Strategy looks at how we can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online. The Strategy considers the responsibilities of companies to their users, the use of technical solutions to prevent online harms and government’s role in supporting users.

The consultation covers various aspects of online safety including:

  • the introduction of a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy
  • technological solutions to online harms
  • developing children’s digital literacy
  • support for parents and carers

Find out more and respond to the consultation

Facebook Online Bullying Solution

Facebook has offered every UK secondary school dedicated digital safety ambassadors: young people trained to provide peer-to-peer support and lead online safety initiatives in the classroom. 

Facebook’s commitment of £1million could see tens of thousands of pupils in 4,500 secondary schools across the UK trained as Digital Leaders (Childnet International) or Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for online and offline bullying (The Diana Award) and provided with access to face-to-face training, dedicated online resources and forums.

Schools wishing to train digital safety ambassadors should apply to either of the schemes above. 

With estimates that between 6% and 25% of children have experienced online bullying, Facebook’s commitment will significantly scale the charities’ existing work in schools to improve child safety and well-being through peer-to-peer support and learning. 

 

Social media terms and conditions ‘jargon-busting' resources

Anne Longfield, the  Children’s Commissioner for England has, today, launched a set of new ‘jargon-busting’ documents to help young people understand social media terms and conditions. The ‘Growing up digital study published in January 2017 highlighted the issues around young people and T+Cs. Now, the Children Commissioner, working with TES and Schillings has produced packs to help young people become more empowered digital citizens.

Relevant to citizenship and computing curricular and suitable for KS2, 3 and 4, each pack contains a set of six short lessons and jargon-free terms and conditions for five of the major social networking sites (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and WhatsApp).

At the launch of the new material, Anne said ‘Children have the right to know what they are signing up to, in clear, simple, easy to understand language so that they can make the most of the fantastic opportunities social media and the internet can bring.’

Other useful resources

CBBC’s LifeBabble has a unit on Digital Rights which may be suitable for use with pupils in KS2, 3 and 4.

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