Safer Internet Day is being marked today with a series of special school assemblies highlighting the potential online dangers young people face.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), which focuses on the dangers of internet paedophiles, cyber bullying and the impact of online gaming, has co-ordinated a series of workshops, training and surveys.
CEOP has also launched two new educational packages for teachers that contain films with the latest safety advice. Meanwhile more than 100 trained volunteers from three international companies are visiting primary and secondary schools to speak to pupils.
Our advice section has plenty of tips and help on how to keep your children safe on the web.
Jim Gamble, who heads CEOP, said a national advertising campaign launched this week highlights how his staff are continuing to hunt down child sex offenders.
But he said children, parents and teachers must take responsibility and educate themselves about the potential dangers.
He said: ‘There are many resources out there aimed at helping young people stay safe online – software and other tools which can feel reassuring.
‘But none of these will help unless people take notice of what the threat really is. This is where CEOP comes in, providing information on what children are actually doing in the virtual world and how offenders are using online environments to target young victims.’
CEOP is the UK’s dedicated police organisation focused on tackling the sexual exploitation of children, particularly online.
More information on CEOP’s Thinkuknow education programme is available on Ceop’s website.
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