NSPCC
02/17/2017 at 19:32. Facebook
Our helpline is contacted more than once a day on average by adults concerned about girls who may have suffered or be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Since launching our helpline in June 2013, we've been contacted over 1,500 times, with around a third of concerns serious and urgent enough to be referred to police or social services. We want to see FGM discussed as part age...
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02/16/2017 at 19:33. Facebook
We wouldn’t let our children play with dangerous toys. But online, they’re a few clicks away from violent content. We have the chance to change this. Demand a safer online world for our children. Email the Culture Secretary and demand our children can be #SafeInternetExplorers [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/16/2017 at 10:42. Facebook
We wouldn’t let our children walk into sex shops. We wouldn’t let our children swim in a public pool without a life-guide supervising. And we wouldn’t let our children play with dangerous toys. But online, they’re a few clicks away from sexual content, many services have no moderators to spot dangers and their safety is often an afterthought. Help us change this and make the online world safer...
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02/15/2017 at 19:33. Facebook
The online world is a wonderful place for children to learn, explore and play. But it can also leave them at risk of online grooming - for instance via online games or apps, where people can disguise themselves as other children. Signs of grooming are not always obvious and can be mistaken for normal teenager behaviour in older children. It's important that you continue having conversations...
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02/14/2017 at 19:45. Facebook
Are you thinking about leaving your child home alone this half term? Deciding if they're ready can be tricky. There are many things to consider and one way to help you decide could be to ask your child if they're comfortable being left alone. You can also try our interactive tool to help you decide what's right for you and your child: [ Bit.ly Link ].
NSPCC
02/13/2017 at 19:08. Facebook
Over the last three years, our helpline has had 25,000 contacts about concerns of children's exposure to alcohol and drugs. Last year, we had almost one contact an hour about the topic. These figures mark the start of Children of Alcoholics Week, which aims to raise awareness of the suffering associated with parental alcohol problems. Substance abuse poses a significant risk for children and...
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02/12/2017 at 19:25. Facebook
This week Mark Frost was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years in prison for multiple child sexual abuse offences - spanning both decades and the globe. But the scale of abuse could’ve been prevented. Right now, employers can only check those working alone with children against the barred list to establish whether they’ve been banned. That means that people like Frost, who was barred from...
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Government has to make sure paedophiles can never be given access to children

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NSPCC
02/11/2017. Facebook
Did you know that when you share an image, your location is sometimes shared too? Although safety features are in place across many social networks, it's important that you have conversations with your child so they know how to keep themselves safe. It's also important that you're aware of the risks of sharing too much information about your child online. To help make sure you and your child...
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NSPCC
02/09/2017. Facebook
When children are trafficked they’re likely to experience multiple forms of abuse, including physical, emotional or sexual violence, and many children are trafficked from abroad – like Gracie*. She was 11 when her family were killed in central Africa. She was brought to London on a fake passport and locked in a room where men would rape her. She escaped a year later and was sent to a hostel...
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NSPCC
02/08/2017. Facebook
Unleash your inner gamer and play your part on Big #BoardGameDay. Get together with friends or family to play your favourite board games and help us fight for #everychildhood. Sign up, here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
NSPCC
02/07/2017. Facebook
Have you taught the young people in your life to be #ShareAware online? Almost half (45%) of 13-17-year-olds have seen nude or nearly nude photos of someone they know being shared around their school or local community, according to new research from Safer Internet UK. Watch this video and find out more [ Bit.ly Link ] about how you can be Share Aware this Safer Internet Day. #SID2017
NSPCC
02/06/2017. Facebook
Last year, 1 in every 6 calls to Childline were from children with serious mental health concerns. With a total of 50,000 contacts - an average of one every eleven minutes - the younger generation are suffering from a range of serious issues, including depressive disorders, self-harm or suicidal feelings. These figures come at the start of Children's Mental Health Week - and as we mark the one...
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NSPCC
02/03/2017. Facebook
Relationships can be confusing and for some young people it can be hard to know if someone's behaviour is healthy. Abuse in relationships can occur in many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, financial and psychological. It can be ongoing or only happen once - but it is never OK. We’re encouraging young people to #ListenToYourSelfie to help them work out what’s right and wrong when...
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NSPCC
02/02/2017. Facebook
“I've been getting bullied for years. People in school call me disgusting and tell me that I should die. Sometimes I don't eat or I cut to help ease the pain of it all.” We’ve seen a huge rise in the number of young people calling Childline about sexuality and gender identity – last year, the service took 7,729 sessions, a 47% rise – the highest levels ever seen. Worryingly, over half of...
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NSPCC
02/01/2017. Facebook
Extra-curricular activities can be brilliant for young people - they can learn new skills and meet new friends. But right now there are some loopholes in the law that mean not all club leaders are checked to work with children, and constent laws don't fully cover 16 and 17 year olds. Lee* was 16 when he was groomed and sexually abused by Adam, his youth group leader, who manipulated him for...
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NSPCC
01/31/2017. Facebook
Children are spending more and more time online. They might be doing some research for homework, watching videos or exploring hashtags. But their innocent searches can sometimes lead to not so innocent results. Using parental controls can help filter and block unwanted content and can help make sure your child only finds the things they're looking for. There are lots of ways that you can learn...
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NSPCC
01/30/2017. Facebook
This morning on BBC Breakfast​, you may have seen that loneliness is an issue among young people as well as the older generation. Last year, nearly 3,000 young people contacted Childline about loneliness, with girls aged 12 – 15 most likely to get in touch. Many young people said they felt misunderstood, as well as neglected by those close to them – some even turning to self-harm to cope with...
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NSPCC
01/27/2017. Facebook
Children spend a lot of time online, but parental controls can help make sure they're staying safe. Watch the video to learn how to make your child's phone safe. If you need more help, you can call our O2 & NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5002, or visit an O2 Guru in store.
NSPCC
01/26/2017. Facebook
Right now, there are legal loopholes that mean some children's club leaders don't have a DBS check - a barred list check - before they work with children. As well as this, 16 and 17 year olds aren’t fully covered by existing consent laws meant to protect them. These could mean adults are able to exploit the close relationships they form with children in a trusted environment. Join us to close...
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NSPCC
01/25/2017. Facebook
We all worry about our child being bullied. Last year, Childline held over 25,700 counselling sessions about bullying – and we’ve recently seen in the news that children are being driven to suicide because of the issue. But what would you do if you found out that your child was the one bullying others? We've got advice, here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

What to do if your child has been bullying others

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