Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), or 'grooming' as it is commonly referred to, is a very real but hidden danger for our young people.  Young people, often see their older siblings and their friends, relatives and acquaintances frequently interacting with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and many other social media sites, and long to be a part of them themselves. 
All of these websites have an appropriate age limit, which is usually 13 years or above. In accessing these sites and setting up personal accounts - your children are lying about their ages and opening themselves up to exploitation.
So that you can keep your children safe, you should check your child's phone, laptop or tablet for signs of unusual activity. It might be an idea to instil a rule, one where you regularly, but randomly check your child's phone for unwanted messages or images. Have the rule 'no check, no phone'!
Below is a link to a website that gives you children's real-life stories of 'grooming', but also some useful advice.
The link below will take you to the Devon Children and Families Partnership  It contains advice and useful local telephone numbers that you can ring, should you suspect unwanted activity on your child's mobile, laptop or tablet.
We all need to do everything we can to keep children safe from internet predators - so check that your child is being safe online!