Online child protection campaign

Date: 18/08/2014
Ref: PR 4675

We are supporting plans from across the region to make young people aware of online dangers.

The on-going 'Know the Signs' initiative sees the Council work in partnership with Wakefield's local safeguarding children board, West Yorkshire Police and other local authorities with the aim to highlight the issues of child sexual exploitation and encourage victims to report it.

An online campaign highlighting dangers will be released featuring an image of a two teenagers in an online conversation which will then reveal that the one of them is actually a sexual predator and not the person they are purporting to be.
 
Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "It is vital we protect our children and make them aware of online dangers especially in this digital age where technology is developing at a quicker pace.

"Some young people may interact with strangers online, not aware of who they are talking to, their age or their intentions. Sexual predators use online platforms like Twitter, Facebook and mobile applications with false accounts, pictures and names to interact and groom young victims and ensuring our children are safe remains a top priority for us.

"Parents play an important role and we encourage them to take an interest in what their children are doing online, implementing parental controls and checking their internet usage."

Edwina Harrison, Chair of Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board said: "The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) prides itself on listening to children and young people. The 'know who you are talking to' campaign was developed with young people for young people which is why we a very happy to support it.

"Child Sexual Exploitation a been a priority area of work for the LSCB over recent years. We know from listening to children and young people that online grooming is a big issue for them. Developing a multi-agency approach to prevention, identification and tackling CSE has been a key focus for us, and led to the creation of the Multi Agency Action Against Child Sexual Exploitaion (MAACSE) Panel which makes sure that children are safe and offenders are dealt with."

For more information visit www.wfyouth.co.uk/who-r-u-talking-2  

If you have been subject to Child Sexual Exploitation, know somebody who has, or have information about those involved in this crime, please contact the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. ​