This week the BBC reported on the latest online threat to children – live streaming.
Here’s the deal…
Live streaming is the ability to appear live on-screen for others to see you. This can be done on any internet enabled electronic device: phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
The usual mainstream social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat all allow some degree of live broadcasting.
But there are other dedicated live streaming apps, like Omegle, Liveme, Periscope and Lively.
This week the National Crime Agency issued a threat report that highlighted the increase in online child exploitation and abuse using live streaming.
Those who wish to abuse children can easily contact, connect with and induce children into sexual or quasi-sexual acts (e.g. nudity). It all happens live and can be watched, recorded, kept and re-broadcast by adults with a sexual interest in children.
In an online survey…
Overall, parents aren’t doing a bad job of helping kids understand the need to be safe online. But there’s a way to go yet – and we have to keep going and keep up to date.
- 84% of parents thought they had online dangers covered (child protection experts disagree, saying the information goes out of date so quickly, it’s hard for parents to keep up)
- 30%+ of parents haven’t spoken to their kids about online safety in the last month
- 58% were uncertain whether they had sufficient online security in place
None of wants our kids to ‘talk to strangers’! It’s up to us to stay up to date and ensure they don’t.
- Guidance – ThinkUKnow, NCA CEOPs education programme will offer free resources for parents and professionals (see ‘more info’ below)
- Video – to show how offenders access children online and to encourage parents to get a better grip of online safety and to point them to the ThinkUKnow resources
What we can all do…
- Talk – to our kids regularly about online safety
- Insist – that they use their devices in public areas of the home
- Update – ourselves regularly on what’s current in the online world that children occupy
- Report – people, posts, sites that present risks to our children (use this button and keep the link bookmarked for future use)
The issue of online safety is with us to stay. The digital era of human communications is now ubiquitous and will only expand.
It’s up to those of us who work with and parent children, to ensure that we apply the same rigour to the online community that we do to those people and risks in our physical communities who would do them harm…
What do you think?…
- Please let me know your thoughts… Leave a comment below or click here.
Related previous posts:
- 11 things you need to know about online child abuse
- e-safety for kids – 6 ideas to start you off
- Indecent images of children
- A guide for parents and carers of children who’ve got in trouble online
- Keeping LAC children safe on social media
- Bullying goes online
- Sexting 1- why it’s not sexy
- Sexting 2 – what we can do about it
- Sexting 3 – what young people think
- Live streaming resources on the ThinkUKnow website (you’ll need to register for an account – but it’s free!)
- National Crime Agency – Child Exploitation & Abuse page
Pass it on…
© Jonny Matthew 2017