West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner backs NSPCC’s campaign to inform parents of online dangers (9 Jan 2015)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged his support to the NSPCC's 'Share Aware' campaign which launched today (9/01).

The NSPCC's Share Aware campaign is aimed at parents of 8 to 12-year-old children and also features two animations to be shown on prime time TV and digital spaces. I Saw Your Willy and Lucy And The Boy are engaging films with a serious message that follow the stories of two children who share too much about themselves online. Both films contain the simple message that although children are taught that it's good to share, this is not always the case online.
Parents' concerns about social networking sites popular with children have been researched by the NSPCC with the core aim of the campaign to get families talking about socialising safely online.

The NSPCC has used the reviews to create a new online guide to help inform parents about the risks of different social networking sites used by children.

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime and Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said:"Protecting our communities from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) remains one of my top priorities and I fully support the new Share Aware campaign which compliments the work both myself and West Yorkshire Police are already doing.

"There is a worrying development in the increase of online forums and social media to bully, stalk and groom people, and this is why tackling cyber-crime is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan. We must never underestimate the impact this can have on anyone, but especially those who are young and vulnerable.

"I would urge parents to check the online guides provided by the NSPCC to ensure they are in possession of all they need to know about the websites their children are visiting."

Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said: "Children are taught from an early age that it is good to share but doing so online can be very dangerous. We must all be Share Aware. This Christmas many children will have been given a smart phone, a tablet computer, or a games console. So it's the perfect opportunity for parents to have that important conversation with their children about who they are talking to and what they share when they socialise online.

"We know that children do take risks online, sometimes without realising it. And we know some parents feel confused by the internet - out of their depth, and out of control. Our Share Aware campaign gives parents straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will help them to untangle the web and feel confident talking to their children about online safety."

The NSPCC also asked just under 2,000 children and young people which social networking sites they used. Talking to strangers or sexual content were the main concerns mentioned by children. But they also thought the minimum age limit for signing up to many sites should be higher, despite saying they'd used the sites when they were underage.

People can find out more about the NSPCC campaign at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware and join the debate on social media by following #ShareAware.

Anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child, can contact the NSPCC's 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected]


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