Follow this link to view safety information, including advice on travelling to and from school,staying safe on the streets and safety on public transport. There is also a Personal Safety Quiz you can download :
- Primary School Personal Safety Quiz - suitable for under 12 year olds >
- Secondary School Personal Safety Quiz - suitable for ages 12 and over >
- ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem with counsellors.
- Follow this link to the National Union of Students (NUS) website for information on how to avoid becoming a victim and keep yourself, your house and your belongings safe.
- Follow this link for advice on personal safety whilst at Univeristy.
Serious criminals make mules out of students
Living on a student grant can be tough, so the chance of earning some extra cash is always welcome.
If someone called you a ‘mule’, you’d probably be a little insulted. Well unfortunately, that’s exactly how criminals see university students – using them as ‘money mules’ to shift large amounts of cash. It’s simple exploitation. Criminals will advertise for students and offer money to act as ‘financial managers’ or ‘shipping managers’ in return for using their bank accounts to transfer money overseas.
In reality, the student acts as a ‘money launderer’ for serious criminals. Money laundering is a serious crime and the reality is that the ‘mule’, which could be you, ends up losing thousands of pounds. You may also find yourself in court charged with money laundering and worse still, acquire a criminal record.
If in doubt, follow the golden rule: If it looks too good to be true…it probably is!
Follow this link if you would like to find out more information about the facts on drugs, searchable by the name of the drug, written for younger people.
Talk To Frank - If you would like to know more information from the UK Government backed site covering all drug related questions in a no nonsense frank way, follow this link.
Children and young peoples online protection
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.
Think U Know
Click here to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it.
Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
Information is categorized for – 5-7 year olds ; 8-10 year olds ; 11-16 year olds ; Parents ; Teachers.
Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognising and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy - using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same. Follow this link to visit the Digizen website
Virtual Global Taskforce
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world working together to fight child abuse online. The aim of the VGT is to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies that helps to protect children from online child abuse.
The objectives of the VGT are :
- to make the Internet a safer place;
- to identify, locate and help children at risk; and
- to hold perpetrators appropriately to account.
Click here to view a website all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is a UK police agency with a difference. It has the teeth of any other police force and works to track offenders wherever they may be. CEOPalso delivers free education programmes into schools to help children of all ages stay safe online and is active in sharing best practice techniques with the wider child protection community through a number of training initiatives.
NOTE: Some of the above links will take you to a third party website outside the control of Dorset Police. Consequently Dorset Police assumes no responsibility for the content of these sites and will not be liable for any claims by third parties for any damage or injury arising from reliance on the information on these website.