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Parents who are concerned about sexual
predators and harassment....
Sex Offenders in your area
UK Mappa 2007 Annual Report - find out
the number of sex offenders in your area
How great is the danger
of “playing out” in an unsupervised public place?
In real life you would protect your
children, so why not protect them on the
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Top 25 Tips
Top 25 Child Safety Tips
Keep your children safe. Place the family computer in a common
area, rather than a child's bedroom. Also,
monitor their time spent online and the
websites they've visited.
Learn more about Web Filtering and how it can
help to keep your
children safe from online predators.
Cyber Bullying is on the rise, using email,
mobiles, text and instant messaging. Read the signs and stop
The rise of MySpace, Bebo, Faceparty and other
social networking sites has created a paradise for predators
intent on online grooming. If you are concerned about
Online solicitation and 'grooming' are the
most common forms of online child sexual abuse.
Children are most often abused by people
Almost 2/3 children are abused by people they know. That's
why it is absolutely critical whether a parent or educational
authority to ensure that our children recognise the warning signs
and know where to turn if they need help.
Who abuses children?
It is not just strangers who abuse children - 95% of children
calling ChildLine about
sexual and physical abuse know the abuser. Abusers include parents,
uncles, aunts, grandparents, teachers, family friends, and brothers
The majority of abusers are men. They come from all classes,
professions and backgrounds. Some women do abuse children, as do
exploitation takes many forms, including child prostitution,
child pornography and pornography on the Internet. The vast
majority of children do not get involved voluntarily; they
are coerced, enticed or are utterly desperate.
parent, educator or carer you need to be able to recognise the signs that
child might be a victim of child pornography or any other
form of sexual exploitation. Child pornography has
devastating effects on children, both on those who are
exploited in the actual pictures and those who view it.
Exploitative adults will encourage children to view child
pornography, which leads them to see pornographic acts as
acceptable and normal. This acceptance can make them more
susceptible to being the subject of future sexual
children from being photographed or portrayed as the subject
of pornography is difficult. Because abusers have no
distinguishing characteristics, it is difficult to warn
children about what an abuser is or looks like. But you can
warn children about the abnormal actions of abusers and make
sure that children know that they have the right to say NO.
A responsible adult should be aware of the indicators
of sexual and physical abuse and exploitation, such as those
listed under ‘Warning Signs’ below.
there could be other explanations, but it is important to
help your child no matter what the cause of the symptoms or
the behaviour. For instance, you might become aware of and
concerned about your child’s relationship with an older
person (whom your child might describe as a friend, whether
male or female) and/or frequent absences from home/school.
and social services have small specialist teams who are
specially trained to interview children with the support of
Read the NSPCC briefing on
Changes in behaviour or mood, inappropriate sexual
activity, sleep disturbances, bed-wetting and
soiling, unexplained marks, problems at school,
going missing, self harm. Indirect clues, like
asking about sexual experiences or leaving
pornographic material, diaries, or letters where
they can be found.
If your child
confides in you,
support them. Tell
child abuse or
If you think your
child has been
seek medical help.
Talk to your child
about what is
It is important that
your child feels that
you believe what she
or he is telling you.
Make it clear that
happened was the
right thing to do
and that you will
protect him or her
Know where your
child is; be familiar
with their friends
and daily activities.
Teach your child to
trust their own
feelings and assure
them that they have
a right to say NO to
what they sense
Listen carefully to
your child’s fears
• Contact your local Police
0808 800 5000
• Parentline Plus
0808 800 2222
Join our community at the
Kidshield Forum, we
want to hear your views
The Internet Watch Foundation
indicates that the USA and Russia between them appear to host the
majority of illegal child images.
How the US manages it's sex offenders.
Are your children's photographs safe on
Nannies, Au Pairs and your children's
Child Tracking Tools
Sex Offenders Register
How does it work? Do it's powers reach far
EU Guidelines to Prevent Sex Offenders from
working with children.
Your children's safety on holiday.
Read the Australian report
The opinion of Downing Street on
paedophiles in your community
Child Sex Tourism.
Each year, more than one million
children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade.
NSPCC Briefing on sexual abuse.
Paedophile Ring uncovered in the UK