The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre has revealed that in the past two years, 184 children from the UK became victims of sexual blackmail online, with several self-harming or taking their own lives as a result.
The organisation warned that the offenders are getting bolder – in some cases, children are not just forced to send sexual images and videos of themselves, but also perform sexual acts live on webcam.
Pupils in the upper school have been discussing the issue and have watched a short film called Consequences which describes one possible scenario. The girls were given a fact sheet which details the potential problems and the best ways to stay safe. They were asked to share this with their carers at home so please encourage them to do so.
The key message is:
The best way to stay safe is by never doing anything on webcam you wouldn’t want your family or friends to see. BUT it is never too late to get help.