CEOP: www.ceop.police.uk • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) are part of the National Crimes Agency (NCA) and specialise in investigating grooming and sexual abuse online. Their educational website www.thinkuknow.co.uk has a specific section with advice for parents/carers. The ‘Click CEOP’ report button provides a means of reporting abuse online and can be downloaded onto the setting website.
Kent Police: www.kent.police.uk • Concerns about potential criminal offences online can be reported to Kent Police via 101 or 999. Kent Police also have online safety advice on their website: www.kent.police.uk/advice/online-safety/
The IWF: www.iwf.org.uk • The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK hotline for reporting illegal online content, such as child abuse images, or material considered to be criminally obscene. The IWF actively works to identify and safeguard children involved, as well as getting illegal images and videos removed from the internet.
Parent Port: www.parentport.org.uk • Run by the UK’s media regulators, Parent Port enables parents and professionals to report inappropriate online material, such as videos, adverts or news articles.
Home Office: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism and www.educateagainsthate.com • The government have introduced a button for reporting online material which promotes terrorism or extremism and an educational website with advice and information for parents.
NSPCC: www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety and www.net-aware.org.uk • The NSPCC have teamed up with 02 to provide information and advice for parents, as well as a free online safety helpline. They have also produced Net Aware, where they have reviewed some popular apps young people are using, including age ratings and how easy it is to report problems.
Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org • Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to provide advice and information for parents. It has an interactive tool which provides step by step guides to setting up parental controls on different devices, as well as video tutorials and guidance about specific concerns.
Childnet: www.childnet.com • Childnet has a wealth of resources, including; leaflets, top tips, screen time guides, conversation starters and resources for parents/carers.
Parent Zone: www.theparentzone.co.uk and www.parentinfo.org • Parent Zone provides up-to-date content on a variety of parenting concerns, including online safety. In collaboration with Vodafone, they have produced Digital Parenting magazine, which settings can order for free or can link to online. Settings can also sign up to host articles from CEOP and Parent Zone on their website for free:
UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk • UK Safer Internet Centre provides advice and guidance on online safety. Their website is aimed at professionals, but their parent guides to technology and social media checklists are valuable resources to share with parents or link to on the school website: www.swgfl.org.uk/products-services/esafety/resources
Get Safe Online: ww.getsafeonline.org • Get Safe Online covers practical information on protecting families against fraud, identity theft, viruses and other problems encountered online.
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