Useful Links

Anti-eating Disorder Sites

Chatroom Safety

Children's Charities

Computer Crime

Copyright Issues

Cyberbullying

Fraud and Financial Scams

Games

Gore Sites

Grooming

Hate Crime

International Hotlines

Internet Safety

Internet Stalking

Legal Issues

Mobile Phone Issues

Online Terrorism

Phishing

Photographs of children

Rating and Filtering

Revenge Porn

School Safety Advice

Spam

Suicide Websites

Useful Documents

Victim Support

Anti-eating Disorder Websites

  • Beat Eating Disorders Opens in New Window is a UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. They are working with internet service providers to stop these websites in the UK.

Chatroom Safety

  • Childnet international Opens in New Window has developed Chatdanger Opens in New Window, a website dedicated to advice on how to avoid the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles.
  • Thinkuknow Opens in New Window has published guidelines on chatroom safety.

 Children's Charities

  • Action for Children Opens in New Window supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.
  • Childnet International Opens in New Window is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
  • The European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online Opens in New Window (eNACSO) is a network consisting of children’s rights NGOs from across the EU working for a safer online environment for children.
  • The Lucy Faithful Foundation Opens in New Window is the only UK-wide children protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. They work with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members.
  • NSPCC Opens in New Window is the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.  NSPCC has set up ChildLine Opens in New Window which is the UK’s free, confidential helpline for children and young people. Trained counselors are on hand 24 hours a day to provide advice and support by phone and online.
  • The Marie Collins Foundation is the UK charity enabling children who suffer sexual abuse and exploitation via internet and mobile technologies to recover and live safe, fulfilling lives.

Computer Crime

  • Get Safe Online Opens in New Window is the UK’s national internet security awareness initiative. A joint partnership between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), as well as public and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, communication, retail and finance, the initiative continues to educate, inform and raise awareness of internet security issues to encourage confident, safe use of the internet.
  • The NCCU has brought together specialists from the Police Central e-Crime Unit in the Metropolitan Police Service and SOCA Cyber to create expert technical, tactical intelligence and investigation teams.

Copyright Issues

    Counselling

    • Counselling Directory Opens in New Window provides the public with profiles of counsellors across the UK, detailing the areas of counselling each counsellor offers and the fees they charge. The website also contains information on emotional disorders and statistics.

    Cyberbullying

    • ChildLine Opens in New Window: NSPCC has set up this website especially designed for children and young people who would like free confidential information on issues such as cyberbullying or abuse.
    • NoBullying.com is the movement against bullying. Their website offers expert advice for young people and adults alike on bullying, providing resources and guidance.

    Fraud and Financial Scams

    • Action Fraud is a national public facing organisation to help tackle fraud in UK. Action Fraud is supported by the National Fraud Authority.
    • Bank Safe Online Opens in New Window is the UK banking industry's initiative to help online banking customers stay safe online. This site is run by the UK Payments Administration on behalf of its member banks.

    Games

    Gore Sites

    • The US-based Internet Computer Crime Centre Opens in New Window takes reports of internet related criminal complaints, including gore sites. Details of American laws regarding obscene material can be found here Opens in New Window.

    Grooming

    • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre Opens in New Window.
    • You should contact your local police if you need immediate assistance.

    Hate Crime

    • A new service for reporting all hate crimes online has been launched by the police. The website, called True Vision Opens in New Window, is supported by all forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The True Vision website provides a wealth of information for victims and the public about what hate crime is, why it is important to report it when it happens, including a new online reporting form. The site also provides links to organisations that can offer support and advice on hate crime related issues.
    • Quilliam is the world’s first counter-extremism think tank set up to address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and belonging in a globalised world. Quilliam stands for religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy.

    Human Trafficking

    International Hotlines

    • INHOPE Opens in New Window is the International Association of Internet Hotlines. INHOPE represents internet hotlines worldwide, supporting them in their aim to respond to reports of illegal content to make the internet safer. To find the equivalent hotline of the IWF in a specific country click here Opens in New Window.

    Internet Safety

    • BBC Webwise Opens in New Window is the BBC's beginner's guide to the internet.
    • Childnet International Opens in New Window is the children's internet charity committed to helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children.
    • Click Clever Click Safe Opens in New Window is a UK Council for Child Internet Safety campaign aimed at young people and parents. 
    • The European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online Opens in New Window (eNACSO) is a network consisting of children’s rights NGOs from across the EU working for a safer online environment for children.
    • Friendly WiFi is the world’s first accreditation scheme designed to keep children safe online when they use public WiFi. The scheme has been set up to check that UK businesses who offer their customers WiFi, have the right filters in place to block illegal websites and images.
    • Get Safe Online Opens in New Window is a joint initiative between HM Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, retail and finance to provide unbiased, user-friendly advice about online safety for consumers and smaller businesses.
    • Insafe Opens in New Window is a European network of Awareness Centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.
    • InternetMatters.org is able to provide information for parents and children regarding a number of issues including Cyberbullying, Sexting, Online Grooming and more. Their guides contain a number of ways to approach the subject of Internet Safety.
    • ParentInfo is a collaboration from CEOP and The Parent Zone which provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
    • Parents Protect! Opens in New Window is a child protection campaign that delivers training to parents, carers and professionals and also operates an educative website designed to raise awareness to child sexual abuse, internet safety and to give you the information you need to protect children. The website also features an e-learning programme that provides information on how to keep your family safe and what to do if you are worried about child sexual abuse.
    • Parenting in the Digital Age (PitDA) is an advice website for parents, run by Parentzone.
    • UK Safer Internet Centre has published this resource containing Safety Tools on Social Networks and other Online Services. The page explains safety features across the different social networks including how to find them and their implementation. 
    • The Thinkuknow Opens in New Window website is run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and contains information on internet safety and safe surfing for young people and their carers/teachers. A suite of short films produced by ThinkUKnow explain the importance of talking about sexting with children, and how the Internet Watch Foundation and ThinkUKnow work together to remove abuse images of children.
    • The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Opens in New Window brings together organisations from industry, charities and the public sector to work with the Government to deliver the recommendations from Dr Tanya Byron's report - Safer Children in a Digital World Opens in New Window

    Internet Stalking

    Legal Issues

    Mobile Phone Issues

    • The British Board of Film Classification Opens in New Window (BBFC) provides the independent framework that underpins the Mobile Operators' code of practice for the self regulation of content on mobile. The Classification Framework defines content that is unsuitable for customers under the age of 18 and is based on the BBFC’s Classification Guidelines for film and video.
    • The Mobile Broadband Group Opens in New Window (MBG) brings together all the UK mobile network operators (O2, Vodafone, Three and EE) to work across a range of self-regulatory initiatives and public policy issues in the mobile sector.

    Online Terrorism

    • The government has developed a reporting mechanism for members of the public to refer what they believe to be unlawful terrorist material directly to the police for action to be taken for its removal. The reporting from can be found here Opens in New Window.

    Phishing

    • Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Opens in New Window is an industry association focused on eliminating the identity theft and fraud that result from the growing problem of phishing and email spoofing.
    • Bank Safe Online Opens in New Window also has a reporting mechanism for financial and banking scams.

    Photographs of Children

    • Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Opens in New Windowis a child abuse prevention campaign that helps adults to play their part in prevention through providing sound information, educating members of the public, training those who work with children and families and running a freephone confidential helpline Opens in New Window.

    Rating and Filtering

    Revenge Porn

    • Operated by South West Grid for Learning, the Revenge Porn Helpline offers free, confidential advice and support for victims of revenge porn.

    School Safety Advice

    • Parents Protect! Opens in New Window is a child protection campaign that delivers training to parents, carers and professionals and also operates an educative website designed to raise awareness to child sexual abuse, internet safety and to give you the information you need to protect children. The website also features an e-learning programme that provides information on how to keep your family safe and what to do if you are worried about child sexual abuse.
    • Teachtoday provides information and advice for teachers, head teachers, governors and other members of the school workforce about the positive, responsible and safe use of new technologies.

    Spam

    • Spamhaus Opens in New Window tracks the internet's spammers, spam gangs and spam services, provides dependable realtime anti-spam protection for internet networks, and works with law enforcement to identify and pursue spammers worldwide.

    Suicide Websites

    • PAPYRUS Opens in New Window is a UK charity committed to suicide prevention, including the closing down of websites that encourage suicide.

    Useful Documents

    Victim Support

    • The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) Opens in New Window is an independent, non-governmental body, which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912, and videos since the passing of the Video Recordings Act in 1984.
     
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