Wakefield Council backs online campaign to keep young people safe

Date: 20/10/2014

We are backing an online campaign which aims to help young people across our district to stay safe from online grooming and sexual exploitation.

The 'Who Are You Really Talking To?' campaign highlights the potential dangers by showing two apparent teenagers in an online conversation, where one is in fact an older man and a sexual predator.

Young people and their parents are being reminded:

  • People may not always be who they say they are.
  • People can use false online accounts and photos to create a fake profile.
  • To never give out your address or phone number to people online.
  • To never to arrange to meet people in real life that you've spoken to online.
  • If you are concerned about someone talk to an adult that you trust.
  • If you are worried about online grooming call 101.

To see the online video visit: www.wfyouth.co.uk/who-r-u-talking-2

Councillor Olivia Rowley said: "This video is important as it reminds young people there are manipulative predators out there who are convincing and good at concealing their real identities. This video is all about giving young people information to avoid putting themselves at risk."

An ongoing 'Know the Signs' initiative sees the Council work in partnership with Wakefield and District  Safeguarding Children Board,  West Yorkshire Police and other local authorities across West Yorkshire  to highlight the issues of child sexual exploitation and encourage victims to report it immediately so that action can be taken.

Parents are being urged to take an interest in what their children are doing online, implementing parental controls and checking their internet usage and understanding  the potential risks in the use of mobile technology as well as within the home.

Anyone who has been affected by child sexual exploitation, knows someone who has, or has information about those involved in the crime should contact the non-emergency 101 number, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you have concerns or information about an individual child or children, call Social Care Direct on 08458 503 503