If parents or carers are concerned that their child is being contacted by adults as a result of having shared sexual imagery they should report to NCA-CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre.
ChildLine has developed an app for young people, which is designed to help them diffuse pressures on them to send an explicit image. The app, called Zipit, offers witty images to send instead of explicit ones and provides advice on how to engage in safe chat and what to do if you are threatened. More information is available at http://childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety/pages/sexting.aspx
‘Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know’.
CEOP have launched a series of four short animated films for parents and carers offering advice on how to help keep their children safe from the risks associated with sharing nude and nearly nude images. The films can be seen at www.youtube.com/ceop
The films aim to help parents and carers:
- Understand young people’s motivations for sending nude selfies.
- Plan to respond positively and constructively to an incident in which their child has shared a nude selfie.
- Gain confidence and skills in initiating preventative conversations.
- Identify risky behaviours or situations and know where to seek help.
- Know how to get help if a child is at risk after sharing an image.
Further advice is available from the services shown below:
Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) by ringing 01765 688827 or be emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Sexual Exploitation website at: www.knowaboutcse.co.uk
Think You Know - www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The NSPCC is complementing the ChildLine initiative by providing advice to parents and carers on what they can do to advise and support their children in relation to “sexting.” Many children and young people are more savvy about internet and mobile phone technology than their parents, so the advice, posted on the NSPCC website, will enable parents to take action.
The NSPCC has produced a guide to assist parents talk with children about the dangers and legalities surrounding sexting, empowering them to say no to requests. Access to the guide can be found here
The Lucy Faithful Foundation is the only UK-wide charity focused solely on reducing the risk of children being sexually abused and exploited and as part of their work they offer support for parents whose children have been affected by these issues.
Their guide is aimed at supporting parents whose children have already got into trouble online – helping them to understand what has happened, why and how parents can talk to their children and get further support. Download: What's The Problem?
This looks at three key issues:
- My child exhibits risk taking behaviour by accessing adult pornography
- My child has behaved irresponsibly by sending or receiving sexual images
- My child has been arrested for viewing indecent images of children
The guide explains to parents:
- What the law in the UK says about children accessing sexual material online, including taking, distributing and posting indecent images and video of themselves or of other children (under 18)
- How to respond to children who have produced, shared or viewed illegal images online.
- The consequences of illegal online sexual behaviour on work, family and social life
- The possible impact of regular access to adult sexual material on relationships.
- How to help their children cope with peer pressure to share indecent material online
- Where to access support to prevent a repeat of their child’s worrying online sexual behaviour.
- Additional resources include literature and video materials aimed at young people who have been involved in ‘sexting’
- The guide also alerts parents to the most popular sites used by children to access adult sexual materials as well as to send and receive sexual images of themselves.
Childnet have information and advice about sexting available on its website: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/sexting
The UK Safer Internet Centre have produced checklists for parents on using social networks safely www.saferinternet.org.uk/checklists
Resources parents available to highlight to their children
- Virtual college have produced a guide to "Safeguarding children from sexting"
- There is information on the Childline website for young people about sexting: https://childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/
- The Safer Internet Centre has produced resources called "So you Got Naked Online" which help young people to handle incidents of sexting: