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Helping your child at home

Key things to remember when helping your child set a new profile

Setting up a profile on a new website can seem like a daunting task. Gaming sites, social media sites and sites that children use for school work.

All of this may seem harder when trying to make a safe profile for your child.

Click here for some helpful suggestions.

Parent Protect

Parents Protect - Safety Information

Please see information below from Parents Protect, which we hope you will find helpful:

It is important that adults are aware of the risks of children working online, how to spot warning signs of harmful behaviour in adults or young people that could cause concern about a child’s safety at home, as well as knowing where to get help even when they’re feeling isolated at home.

Learn how to keep children safe

To help families, Parents Protect have made 12 short films that aim to inform parents, carers and professionals about the risks of child sexual abuse, how to prevent harm from happening in the first place, and where to get help if something has already happened.

The films cover topics such as ‘Understanding child sexual abuse’, ‘The effects of sexual abuse on children’, ‘Why children don’t tell about abuse’ and ‘What to do if you suspect abuse’. There’s also information on the warning signs of abuse in both children and adults, and how to make a family safety plan.

You can watch the films on the Parents Protect website now.

Online Safety - CEOPs

Children and young people spend a lot of time on the internet. They may go online to research information for homework or to play games and chat with friends.

The internet holds a huge amount of useful information and is a great way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family. It can also be a very dangerous place, so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.

What We Do

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.

But our approach is truly holistic. Walk through the CEOP Centre today and within any one team you will find police officers specialising in this area of criminality working with professionals from the wider child protection community and industry. You will find seconded staff from organisations such as the NSPCC, teams sponsored by the likes of VISA and SERCO and experts from government and corporations such as Microsoft offering specialist advice and guidance.

That approach is dedicated to building up intelligence that in turn drives the business, informs our operational deployments, steers our CEOP Academy programmes to law enforcement, child protection and educational sectors and drives our dedicated Thinkuknow programme for children and parents of all ages.

It is an approach that sees the development of specialist areas such as our Behavioural Analysis Unit, our approach to victim identification or the development of our Child Trafficking Unit as well as filtering into all areas of our outreach activities such as the Most Wanted initiative and our public awareness plans.

In fact the real lifeblood of the CEOP Centre is intelligence - how offenders operate and think, how children and young people behave and how technological advances are developing - all are integral to what we are about and what we deliver.

But similarly our results would not be possible without inclusion. So we are about opening the policing doors to new ways of thinking around this crime, working with industry, government, children's charities and the wider policing community to explore all options and possibilities. In fact we want and will explore all options because we believe you can never stand still when dealing with such a complex, ever changing issue and where apathy can and does result in devastating consequences.

Parent Resources for Social Media

Please see below for some of the most current supplementary resources published to help support parents / carers, all associated broadly to the area of 'Online Safety' for pupils:

(Please note, key information detailed within these documents also refers to age restrictions and suitability)

10 tips to keep your child safe online

Parent / Carer guide for Snapchat

Parent / Carer guide for Fortnite

Parent / Carer guide for Whatsapp

Parent / Carer guide for TikTok

Parent / Carer guide for YouTube

Parent controls for apps - iPhone

Parent controls for apps - Android