NSPCC: Is the UK’s leading children’s charity, fighting to end child abuse; helping children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protecting those and risk and finding the best ways to prevent abuse from happening. www.nspcc.org.uk
They have a specific section about keeping young people safe online: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety
Childline: Is a free, confidential helpline for young people and children to talk about anything that’s worrying them, available 24/7: 0800 1111
They also offers online 1-2-1 chat, email, message boards, resources and advice via their website. www.childline.org.uk
CEOP: The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and anyone working with children on using the internet safely: www.ceop.police.uk
It also runs Think U Know: A guide to online safety when using the Internet, blogs, chatting, online gaming and social media. Age appropriate sections for young people and advice for parents: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Bullying UK: Advice and support on bullying, including cyber bullying, for parents, young people, teachers and workers including a confidential helpline, online chat, forums, links to local services and other resources. www.bullying.co.uk
Gov.uk: Is the place to find government services and information. There’s a section on schools and children, including a page on bullying at school, (which has useful advice on the law and the responsibilities of schools) and more information on safeguarding children.
ZIPIT app: Is an app designed to help avoid awkwardness during flirty chats and provide ready-made comebacks, memes and tips for if someone’s asking you for sexy pictures.
*Please be aware that it is being made a criminal offence for someone aged 18 or over to request a sexual picture of a child, under proposed amendments to the Serious Crime Bill: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/seriouscrime.html
The Safe Network: provides safeguarding information including guidance on helping keep children and young people safe online.
CPS: The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. They have issued new guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media