According to National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Child Protection. Chief Constable Simon Bailey ‘In just one week, police forces and the NCA arrested 192 offenders on suspicion of child sexual abuse offences and prevented 245 children from coming to harm. We will keep working together to do this, adapting our approach so that nowhere online is safe for people out there to groom children or view them being abused’.
Chief Constable Bailey went on to ask parents for their support ‘But we also need help. We need Internet companies to help us stop access to abuse images and videos and prevent abuse happening on their platforms. We need parents and carers to talk to their children about healthy relationships and staying safe online’.
Head of Safeguarding for the NCA Zoe Hilton ‘We know that as children’s online habits change, offenders are adapting with them. These individuals are learning how young people communicate online and are using this knowledge to contact, befriend and abuse them’.
What Parents can do
It may be cliché but – Be.Involved.Online. It’s more important than ever to parent in this area.
Chat regularly about what your child is doing and playing online. Make it fun, get them to show you how games and apps work.
Remember there are a lot of adults online. So you need to know where your kids are when they’re online and who they’re talking to. Many kids are spending more time online than they are outside. Rightly or wrongly it’s happening. This is where they socialize. They need to know what is acceptable and what isn’t, respect boundaries set by you and most importantly know they can come to you when they experience something that upsets them or is a risk.
As they grow older it’s key that they have an online/offline life balance. They need to develop functional and productive digital skills and develop critical thinking online to protect themselves and navigate the digital world safely and constructively. Parents may not equip their children with technical knowledge but they are responsible for applying knowledge and understanding to life experiences and helping children and young people learn who they can trust offline and online.
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Adapted from Blog: https://waynedenner.com/blog/rise-in-sex-offenders-using-live-streaming-platforms