Essex Safeguarding Children Board - Online Child Sexual Abuse Campaign 2018

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Online Child Sexual Abuse, including Youth Produced Sexual Imagery

To mark Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day (18th March) the Essex, Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards in partnership with Essex Police have re-launched the I Didn’t Know campaign, this year focusing on online safety awareness and youth produced sexual imagery.

Online abuse is present in over 60% of all cases of child sexual exploitation investigated by Essex Police, making the need for online safety education a priority. The campaign will target parents and carers as research shows they are unaware of the dangers of social media, and the privacy settings available on social media apps. Additionally, children and young people aged 8-13 years old will be targeted as this is a crucial age where mobile phones and the internet are often introduced.

The campaign aims to reach out to parents, carers and children to share key messages:

  • Highlighting the risks to children from online threats.
  • Providing tips to parents on what they can do to help keep their child safe online.
  • Providing advice to parents on what to do if they have concerns.
  • Supporting children to use their mobiles and other devices safely, responsibly and positively.  
  • Providing advice to children on what to do if they are worried about something they have seen or been asked to do online.

The ‘Parent Online Safety Resource Pack’, which is accessible under parent links at the bottom of the online child sexual abuse page of the ESCB website, offers a wealth of printable resources which can be disseminated and shared with parents and carers to help spread important messages about steps they can take to help their child stay safe and to better understand the online world.

The webpage also features resources for this campaign; such as graphics for websites, a case study for parents, printable posters, videos and links to further advice and support. 

You can support the campaign on social media using the hashtag #KnowAboutCSE

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