Topic of the Week
Are you worried your child is being sexually exploited?
Child sexual exploitation is rare, but it does take place all over the UK. Knowing the warning signs and what to do will help you to act quickly if you believe your child is at risk. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Are-you-worried-your-child-is-being-sexually-exploited/
Online sexual abuse: webcam and images
An increasing number of children are being sexually abused over webcam. This can be just as harmful as ‘contact’ sexual abuse. Ensure your children know how they can get help at any time and find out what you can do to support them. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Online-sexual-abuse/
Challenging harmful sexual attitudes and their impact
Harmful attitudes and ideas about sex and gender can support abusive sexual behaviour. It’s important to challenge these ideas to help your child develop positively. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Challenging-harmful-sexual-attitudes/
Online grooming: how does it work?
Some people try to use social media and apps to groom children and young people. It’s important you understand how this works so you can protect them. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Online-grooming/
Reporting to social media sites
The simplest way to have information about your child removed from a website or app, is to contact the site itself. Find out how to report to popular websites and apps. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Reporting-to-social-media-sites-/
I’m worried my child might see something inappropriate online
There’s no watershed, ‘top shelf’ or ID required online but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect your child from adult content. Find out how to help them navigate the web safely. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Im-worried-my-primary-aged-child-might-see-something-inappropriate-online/
Has your child used online dating services?
Meeting and chatting to others online is normal for the majority of teenagers, but using online dating services may put them at risk. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Has-your-child-used-online-dating-services-/
Sharing pictures of your children online
Most parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family. But remember – pictures you share online could be out there forever. Learn how to protect your child whilst staying social. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Sharing-pictures-of-your-children/
Worried your child has shared too much online?
If your child has shared too much information online, don’t panic. There are things you can do and organisations who can help safeguard and support your child. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/My-child-has-shared-too-much-online/
Does your child have Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
If your child has Autistic Spectrum Disorder you’ve probably developed strategies for helping them learn how to stay safe. Here are some practical steps you can take to keep them safe online. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Does-your-child-have-Autistic-Spectrum-Disorder/
Keeping adopted children safe online
Early experiences can make adopted children more vulnerable online. Here are practical things you can do to help them stay safe. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Young-peoples-use-of-the-internet-Advice-for-adoptive-parents/
Keeping children in care safe online
Most children in care use the internet safely but there are risk factors which can make them more vulnerable online. As a carer there are steps you can take to keep them safe. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Looked-after-children-Specific-risks/
Using placement plans to keep children safe online
If you’re a foster carer or social worker make sure you consider online safety before, during and after any placement. Please click on the link for advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Children-in-care-Online-safety-placement-plan/
Exposed: A film about the risks of sharing sexual images
This film is aimed at young people aged 14 and over. ‘Exposed’ looks at the consequences of sharing naked selfies and investigates the support available to young people to help them regain control. Please click the link to watch (audio described): https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Exposed_audio/ or subtitled: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Exposed_subtitled/
Tom’s story: A film about online grooming
This film is aimed at young people aged 11 and over. Tom’s story addresses online grooming and sexual abuse from the perspective of a teenage boy. Please click on the link to watch (audio described): https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Toms_Story_audio/ or subtitled: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Toms_Story_subtitled/
Exploited: A film about exploitative relationships
Exploited aims to help young people learn to stay safe from sexual exploitation. It educates young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contract with the development of a healthy relationship and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support. Please click on the link to watch (audio described): https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Exploited_audio/ or subtitled: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Exploited_subtitled/
Consequences: A film about giving out too much info online
This film explores how information young people post online can be used against them. Please click on the link to watch (audio described): https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Consequences_audio/ or subtitled: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-your-children/Consequences_subtitled/
Nude selfies: a parents’ guide
Teenagers tell us that sharing sexual pictures and videos is not unusual. It can be risky but don’t panic, there are steps you can take if things get out of control. Click on the following link to watch short films for advice on what to do next: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/How-to-guides/Has-your-child-shared-a-nude-selfie-subtitled/