Is your child safe online during the lockdown?
During the lockdown, many of you will have kept in touch with friends and family using apps such as Zoom or Houseparty. In the last two weeks of March, Houseparty downloads increased by almost 1300% in the UK.
Whilst these are great tools to maintain social distancing and have face to face contact with people, as with all live-streaming platforms, screenshots, unsolicited messages, risk of radicalisation and self-generated sexualised imagery can put young people at risk. Its popularity remains as the lockdown continues into the foreseeable future and young people adapt to communicating more online.
If you are concerned about your family member or someone else, or want advice on how to protect your child online, you can access information and advice here:
• Let’s talk about it: https://www.ltai.info/
• Get safe online: https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/
• Internet matters: https://www.internetmatters.org/
• Safer internet: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
• Modern slavery helpline: https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/