To mark Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day this Sunday (18th March) the Essex, Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards in partnership with Essex Police are re-launching the I Didn’t Know campaign, this year focusing on online safety awareness and youth produced sexual imagery. A week long social media campaign will follow the awareness day targeting both parents and carers and children.
Online abuse is present in over 60% of all cases of child sexual exploitation investigated by Essex Police, making the need for online safety education a priority. The campaign will target parents and carers as research shows they are unaware of the dangers of social media, and the privacy settings available on social media apps. Additionally, children and young people aged 8-13 years old will be targeted as this is a crucial age where mobile phones and the internet are often introduced.
Messages will aim to:
Liz Chidgey, Independent Chair, Southend Safeguarding Children Board said “Please get involved with the campaign on social media using the hashtag #KnowAboutCSE and help raise awareness of the risks to children from online threats and what parents and children can do if they are concerned.”
Advice, support and resources can be found at essex.police.uk/onlineCSE
Please see the attached Schools' Briefing document for more.