Helping keep Doncaster safe online

Posted: 24-05-2017

 

Young people in Doncaster and their parents can find out more about how to stay safe online, thanks to the town’s Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Team.

 

The team, which includes staff from a range of agencies in Doncaster, will be in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre on 30 May between 9am and 4pm.

 

There are a number of simple tips to keep young people safe. These are:

 

  • Parents can install software on their child’s IT device to filter inappropriate material and to monitor what they are doing online.
  • Parents should place the computer in a place where they can see what their child is doing online.
  • Parents can teach their children not to give out personal information about themselves or their family and friends.
  • Parents can talk to their children about being careful with so called ‘friends’ online who may not be who they think they are and to discourage them from meeting ‘friends’ who they have made initial contact with in this way.

 

Chief Executive of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Paul Moffat said: “Child Sexual Exploitation is an absolutely abhorrent crime and everyone at the Trust and our partners from across Doncaster are determined to help stamp it out from our community.

 

“We recognise that education is key to helping children and young people stay safe. While children and young people may be very tech savvy, we want to ensure that they are aware of and take action to prevent the risks associated with it. Events like the information stand in Frenchgate are vitally important in helping people of whatever age, to spot the signs of CSE and to know how to report it.”

 

Jayne Pezzulo, who works in the CSE Team in Doncaster and represents Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “There are some sensible steps young people and parents /carers can take to keep safe online. Please ensure you talk to your children about how to keep safe online – just like you would stranger danger.”

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