Cheshire East LSCB recognises that electronic communications - via mobile phones, internet resources such as social networking sites, and email - play a very significant role in the lives of children and young people. Their use, however, is not always safe; electronic media can be involved in the victimisation and abuse of children.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre have developed a website called Think U Know? which has sections on internet safety aimed at:
- children aged 5 - 7
- children aged 8 - 10
- young people aged 11-16
- parents, and
The website ParentInfo provides many tips on awareness of online safety and has recently provided a list on the most popular acronyms used by children when using the net.
In addition CEOP and Vodaphone have together produced a comprehensive document 'Digital Parenting' for parents on protecting children in the digital world.
The Internet Watch Foundation was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet IWF Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.
Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online
Finally, here is summary of the main criminal offences associated with communications technology (PDF, 347KB)