Young People & Students

Useful links for young people and students

ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call them on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem – their counsellors are always there to help you sort it out... http://www.childline.org.uk

A website all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles.

Follow this link to the Chatdanger website if you would like to know more information about how to stay safe when chatting online

Find out more information about internet safety for young people, how to report abuse and advice for parents and carers. The Child Expolitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children.

Follow this link for more information from ceop.police.uk

Think U Know is a website produced by the CEOP Centre. The site contains lots of information on internet safety and safe surfing for young people: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Visit the following links for child online safety advice and general cyber safety advice.

Think U Know is a website produced by the CEOP Centre. The site contains lots of information on internet safety and safe surfing for young people: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Has your child found themselves in trouble online?

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation have produced an information pack for parents called 'Whats the problem?"  - A guide for parents of children and young people who have got in trouble online. Download the document here by following this link

Sending a sexual text, image or video can be dangerous if shared with the wrong person. Once you send a message, you're not in control of what happens to it.

There is lots of information and advice available here. 

For advice and help about sexting visit Childline here.

For advice about how to talk to children about the risks of sexting - and what you can do to protect them visit the NSPCC here.

Sextortion is where a victim is blackmailed to pay money to prevent intimate videos or photos of them being posted on social networking, photo-sharing or revenge porn websites, or being forwarded to others.

The blackmailer could be an ex-partner or someone who the victim has met or spoken to and has previously shared photos and videos with. But it is also increasingly common for gangs to pose as individuals looking for romance and trick victims into capturing intimate webcam footage, often without them even knowing they have been recorded as cameras can be activated by spyware.

Watch the video below to find out more about sextortion and online sexual coercion:

Tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Do not take your clothes off or perform intimate acts in front of your webcam at all, whether you think you have switched it to record or not.
  • Tighten the privacy settings on your social media accounts and ensure you have security software loaded and switched on. This will significantly reduce the risk of being targeted by sextortion and many other similar forms of cyber-crime, including the possibility of someone remotely controlling your webcam.
  • If a compromising photo or video appears on a website or social media site, report the images and ask for them to be removed and the perpetrator to be blocked.
  • Be aware of the possible consequences of your online behaviour and the potential outcomes of having intimate photos or videos taken of yourself, even by somebody you are close to.

If you have become a victim of sextortion: 

  1. Don’t panic.Contact the police and your internet service provider immediately. The police will take your case seriously, will deal with it in confidence and will not judge you for being in this situation.
  2. Don't communicate further with the criminals. Take screen shots of all your communication. Suspend your Facebook account (but don’t delete it) and use the online reporting process to report the matter to Skype, YouTube etc. to have any video blocked and to set up an alert in case the video resurfaces. 
  3. Don't pay. Many victims who have paid have continued to get more demands for higher amounts of money. In some cases, even when the demands have been met the offenders will still go on to post the explicit videos. If you have already paid, check to see if the money has been collected. If it has, and if you are able, then make a note of where it was collected from. If it hasn't, then you can cancel the payment - and the sooner you do that the better.
  4. Preserve evidence. Make a note of all details provided by the offenders, for example; the Skype name (particularly the Skype ID), the Facebook URL; the Western Union or MoneyGram Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN); any photos/videos that were sent, etc. Be aware that the scammer's Skype name is different to their Skype ID, and it's the ID details that police will need. To get that, right click on their profile, select ‘View Profile’ and then look for the name shown in blue rather than the one above it in black. It'll be next to the word ’Skype’ and will have no spaces in it. DO NOT DELETE ANY CORRESPONDENCE.

Remember that you're the victim of organised criminals - you're not alone and confidential support is available.

Reporting Sextortion

If intimate photos or videos of you are posted online against your will report it to Dorset Police online here or by calling 101. 

Dorset Police will take your case seriously and will deal with it in confidence. You have been the victim of a sophisticated crime and will not be judged for being in this situation. Even if you don’t want to pursue a prosecution, please still report sextortion as we need information about the criminals to stop them.

LV=Streetwise is a life sized, indoor, award winning, safety ‘village’ of scenarios which are traditionally built ‘bricks and mortar’ scenes from everyday life. The village includes a full sized two-storey house, a high street, a park, a farmyard, a, electricity sub-station, a heath, a beach, a building site and even Police and railway stations. By making the scenarios as realistic as possible, the exciting and memorable interactive Safety Tours enable children to easily apply the learning in their everyday life.

Follow this link to visit the LV=Streetwise website

The Internet Watch Foundation is the UK Hotline for combating potentially criminal online content, specifically:

  • Child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world, 
  • Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK and 
  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

Follow this link to visit their website... http://www.iwf.org.uk

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) brings together over 180 organisations and individuals from government, industry, law enforcement, academia and charities – including groups representing parents and children. Our aim is to work in partnership to keep children and young people safe online.

Follow this link to visit their website... http://www.education.gov.uk/ukccis

Out of Your Hands? is brought to you by Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum (MICAF), the Home Office and the National Mobile Phone Unit, to educate young people aged 7 to 16 on the responsible way to own, operate and safeguard your mobile phone.

Visit the website at: http://www.outofyourhands.com/

Working with online safety experts, InternetMatters.org are here to guide you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet.

Bestmates - play together...stay together. Advice for students from the West Midlands Police website: http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/best-mates/index.asp

http://www.talktofrank.com/ - Friendly, confidential drugs advice

http://www.drugscope-dworld.org.uk/ - Information about drugs

The multi-award winning Safe Schools and Communities Team (SSCT), was set up in 2005 to prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and wrong-doing and to promote safety across communities in the Dorset County Council areas. Since those early days the team has expanded and now also covers Bournemouth and Poole. The remit for the team has also expanded with it.

Follow this link for more information about the SSCT on this website

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