Keeping children safe online over festive period

Keeping children safe online over festive period

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) is reminding parents and carers of the importance of online safety for children in the run up to Christmas. From Monday 6th December to Sunday 12th December, ESCB will be sharing useful information about how to spot online exploitation.

Online safety is more important than ever over the festive season as new technology is high on the Christmas wish lists of young people. If your child does receive new technology for Christmas, it is important to set up devices to help them stay safe online.

The campaign aims to challenge the perception that the victim is to blame. It is important to create a supportive network around children where they feel able to raise concerns. Children should be able to speak to parents and carers if they see something they are not comfortable with online.

During the week, Brook Essex will provide new resources to support young people to have healthy relationships online.

Concerns about child exploitation can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. There is also a dedicated police hotline for parents, carers and members of the public to seek advice. Call 01245 452058 to speak to the hotline.

More information on keeping children safe online is available at the ESCB website. Residents can also visit the ESCB Facebook and Twitter pages.

Last updated 2 December 2021