COUNCIL chiefs in Wakefield are backing a regional initiative to make children aware of the dangers posed by online sexual predators.
The council is working with police, neighbouring local authorities and Wakefield’s safeguarding children board on the initiative dubbed ‘Know the Signs.’
It aims to highlight issues of child sexual exploitation and encourages victims to report it.
An online campaign highlighting dangers will be released featuring an image of a two teenagers in an online conversation. It will reveal that the one of them is actually a sexual predator and not the person they are purporting to be.
Coun Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people said: “It is vital we protect our children and make them aware of online dangers especially in this digital age where technology is developing at a quicker pace.
“Some young people may interact with strangers online, not aware of who they are talking to, their age or their intentions.
“Sexual predators use online platforms like Twitter, Facebook and mobile applications with false accounts, pictures and names to interact and groom young victims and ensuring our children are safe remains a top priority for us.
“Parents play an important role and we encourage them to take an interest in what their children are doing online, implementing parental controls and checking their internet usage.”
For more information, visit www.wfyouth.co.uk/who-r-u-talking-2
Anybody who has been a victim of child sexual exploitation, knows somebody who has, or has information about perpetrators, is urged to contact police on 101.
Or call Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on 0800 555 111.