The internet can be a fun and educational place for everyone including children and young people with special needs and disabilities. However, it can also be a threat and a safety issue for vulnerable users.
There are many tools, information and services in place to report situations and to make the internet a safer place.
National Crime Agency
Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe? Please visit https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ to make a report to one of CEOP’s experienced Child Protection Advisors.
Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking. Groomers may be male or female. They could be any age. Many children and young people don't understand that they have been groomed or that what has happened is abuse.
Child Sexual Abuse online
This is when a young person may be persuaded, or forced, to send or post sexually explicit images of themselves, take part in sexual activities via a webcam or smartphone or have sexual conversations by text or online.
For more information about Child Grooming and Child Sexual Abuse online please visit the NSPCC website. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/grooming/
Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. And the good news is parental controls are really easy to set up.
Innocent searches sometimes reveal not so innocent results. So if you’re worried about what your child is searching for online, who they’re talking to or what they’re seeing, we can help.
For more information on setting up parental controls please speak to one of the NSPCC and O2 advisors on 0808 800 5002 or visit the NSPCC website using the following link. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/
NSPCC and O2 Parent Workshops
Would you like a workshop for parents in your local community group or workplace?
Our free workshops in your local area will give parents the skills and knowledge to understand the internet and technology as children do – from online games and cyber bullying, to setting up privacy settings and controls.
If you’re part of a workplace, community group or organisation,
we’d love your help in setting up a workshop. Could you bring
together a group of around twenty parents? If so, please contact
Think U Know
‘Think U Know’ has a range of webpages where children, young people, parents, careers and professionals can learn more about online safety.
- 5-7 year olds https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/
- 8-10 year olds https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
- 11-13 year olds https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_13/
- Young people aged 14 + https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/
- Parents https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- Teachers and professionals https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Teachers/
Resources for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Online Safety
- Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety- A Parent’s Guide by Cerebra: http://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/files/learning_disabilities_autism_internet_safety_parent_guide.pdf
- Cyberbullying and children and young people with SEN and disabilities: guidance for teachers and other professionals: http://www.cafamily.org.uk/media/750755/cyberbullying_and_send_-_module_final.pdf
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
We minimise the availability of online sexual abuse content. Specifically:
- Child sexual abuse content* hosted anywhere in the world.
- Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK.
- Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.
The majority of our work focuses on the removal of child sexual abuse images and videos.
We work internationally to make the internet a safer place. We help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. We search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We then have them removed. We’re a not-for-profit organisation and are supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission.
For more information or to report content please visit: https://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf
Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism
Report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. You can make your report anonymously.
- articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
- content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
- websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
- videos of terrorist attacks
Have you had your intimate images posted online without your consent?
The Revenge Porn Helpline is the UK's only dedicated service supporting adults. Call for free, one-on-one confidential advice and support via email and phone.
If you’re reading this because someone has distributed intimate photos or videos of you either off or online, you have been a victim and deserve support. You are not alone.
Call 0345 600 0459 or request a call back here: https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/contact/
The Helpline is open from 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday
For more information please visit: https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/