The Highland E-Safety Group receive regular emails from CEOP with their news and latest resources. We wish to highlight their very latest resources on Webcam abuse designed for use in secondary schools or older pupils. These resources must be used in the right context in schools and as part of a planned approach to e-safety and wider health and wellbeing. As always, education of a sensitive nature must be facilitated with support, guidance and in a safe environment. Highland teachers and professionals are trained to do this and further support is available from the the partners organisations involved in Highland E-Safety.
Please feel free to share this post with your colleagues. If you require any further help or support in Highland please do not hesitate to contact us on 01463 702000 asking for Louise Jones or Eliz McIntosh. These resources can be accessed by those who have signed up on the www.thinkuknow.co.uk website as a practitioner.
In Highland – What should I do if I am concerned about a child? Tell someone what your concerns are – speak to a teacher, a doctor, a social worker, a police officer or school nurse. Phone 01463 703488 for general enquiries email: CPAdmin@highland.gov.uk For information on the work of the Highland child protection committee go tohttp://forhighlandschildren.org/2-childprotection/
Transcript of a CEOP Briefing
As you may have seen in the media, CEOP today warned of a concerning rise in the use of webcam by sex offenders to blackmail children and young people online.
We’re asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime. There’s a full pack of resources available to download now.
We want all young people to know that if they are being threatened online, if they’ve shared something they regret, it’s never too late to get help.
Young people might feel like there is no way out but they can always report to CEOP online at www.thinkuknow.co.uk or visiting the CEOP Safety Centre The NSPCC have set up a dedicated helpline for young people suffering this type of crime, which will be open 24/7 throughout September and October 2013. Please publicise this number with the children and young people you work with:
NSPCC helpline: 0800 328 0904
Young people can also call Childline on 0800 1111
New resources – We’re asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies or lessons to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime.
To help you do so we’ve launched Webcam with Confidence, a suite of resources including:
- A fully scripted presentation for use as an assembly or lesson
- A factsheet to handout to young people
- A letter you can send or email to parents encouraging them to talk to their children about this type of crime
These can be downloaded from the Thinkuknow resources area at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/resources. You will find the pack under the ’11-16′ tab.
Webcam abuse: the facts
CEOP have investigated a number of cases in which sex offenders have used blackmail to force young people to perform sexual acts on webcam.
Typically online sexual blackmail happens as follows:
- An offender makes contact with a young person. This can happen anywhere online, including on a social network, in a chatroom, in a game or even on their mobile.
- The offender begins a conversation and tricks the young person into sending them an indecent picture, appearing naked or performing sexual acts on webcam. They trick them in a variety of ways including: pretending to be a girl or boy of the same age, pretending to be someone the child knows, flirting with them or sending them sexual pictures or videos.
- The offender records the webcam footage. They then threaten to share the video with the young person’s friends or family if they don’t perform more sexual acts. Some young people have been threatened for money or told to hurt themselves.
This has happened to hundreds, potentially thousands, of young people in this country.
This is sexual abuse. The emotional impact can be devastating. A number of young people have attempted suicide as a result of finding themselves in this situation.
Help us break this cycle of abuse. Download the lesson resources now.