West Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committee is asking parents, carers and members of the public to be extra vigilant about children’s safety online.
The call comes in response to increased concerns from Police Scotland about online child abuse crimes and an increase in the number of people accessing self-help resources to stop online child sexual abuse during lockdown.
As children and young people spend more time online there is an increased risk of them seeing something which isn’t intended for them, be targeted by cyberbullies or online criminal offenders.
Families and communities being aware of the risks and helping prepare children and young people to be vigilant can be the first and necessary step in staying safe online.
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There are lots of organisations which provide advice on understanding the risks and helping to keep children safe.
They also offer support and confidential helplines for anyone with concerns about, or affected by online abuse or cyberbullying.
Links to sites can be found on the West Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committee website – wdhscp.org.uk/public-protection/child-protection.