CEOP warns of webcam abuse

As you may have seen in the media, CEOP today warned of a concerning rise in the use of webcam by sex offenders to blackmail children and young people online.

We’re asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime. There’s a full pack of resources available to download now.

We want all young people to know that if they are being threatened online, if they’ve shared something they regret, it’s never too late to get help.

Young people might feel like there is no way out but they can always report to CEOP online at www.thinkuknow.co.uk or visiting the CEOP Safety Centre.

The NSPCC have set up a dedicated helpline for young people suffering this type of crime, which will be open 24/7 throughout September and October 2013. Please publicise this number with the children and young people you work with:

NSPCC helpline: 0800 328 0904

Young people can also call Childline on 0800 1111

 

New resources

We’re asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies or lessons to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime.

To help you do so we’ve launched Webcam with Confidence, a suite of resources including:

·         A fully scripted presentation for use as an assembly or lesson

·         A factsheet to handout to young people

·         A letter you can send or email to parents encouraging them totalk to their children about this type of crime

These can be downloaded from the Thinkuknow resources area at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/resources. You will find the pack under the ’11-16′ tab.

Webcam abuse: the facts

CEOP have investigated a number of cases in which sex offenders have used blackmail to force young people to perform sexual acts on webcam.

Typically online sexual blackmail happens as follows:

·         An offender makes contact with a young person. This can happen anywhere online, including on a social network, in a chatroom, in a game oreven on their mobile.

·         The offender begins a conversation and tricks the young person into sending them an indecent picture, appearing naked or performing sexualacts on webcam. They trick them in a variety of ways including: pretending to be a girl or boy of the same age, pretending to be someone the child knows, flirting with them or sending them sexual pictures or videos.

·         The offender records the webcam footage. They then threaten to share the video with the young person’s friends or family if they don’t perform more sexual acts. Some young people have been threatened for money or told to hurt themselves.

This has happened to hundreds, potentially thousands, of young people in this country.

This is sexual abuse. The emotional impact can be devastating. A number of young people have attempted suicide as a result offinding themselves in this situation.

Help us break this cycle of abuse. Download the lesson resources now.

Please feel free to share this email with your colleagues.

Many thanks, as always, for all your support.

Best wishes,

The Education Team at CEOP

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Furthermore, we at Safer Net add that LD and autistic adults of ‘all’ ages can be vulnerable to this type of abuse. There are lessons that normal adults would have learned in terms of online safety  that LD and autistic adults may not have learned so be careful! 

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