Tayside police chiefs warn: ‘The greatest threat to your child online is to believe there is no real threat’

Evening Telegraph | 18 July 2014

The advances in technology have made it harder than ever to keep our children safe. As mobile chat applications such as Snapchat and Twitter continue to flood the market, kids are more exposed to sexual predators than ever. But, Detective Sergeant Ray Birnie, of Tayside’s Public Protection Unit, insisted that as technology improves, so does the ability to catch the groomers.

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"Friendly Wi-Fi" scheme launched

18 July 2014

The World’s first Public Wi-Fi accreditation scheme has been launched to block pornographic and child abuse websites, videos and images.

The Registered Digital Institute (RDI), has launched ‘Friendly WiFi’, the world’s first accreditation scheme designed to verify whether a business’ public Wi-Fi service meets a minimum level of filtering to block out access to pornographic and child abuse websites. ‘Friendly WiFi’ aims to keep children and young people safe from viewing inappropriate material when logged into public Wi-Fi offered in cafes, shops, hotels and restaurants across the UK.  

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Parents against child sexual exploitation (Pace)

15 July 2014


If you have recently found out your child is being sexually exploited, or if you have concerns that they might be at risk, we recommend that you call Pace and speak to one of our experienced Parent Support Workers.

We can talk through your immediate concerns, help you to assess the level of danger your child is in, and signpost you to agencies in your area who may be able to give you local support. Ongoing support is also available through our national parent support team, and through our online parent forum and parent network days.

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Children's advocacy - new website

15 July 2014


Scottish Government have launched a new website for anyone who advocates for a child or young person.

Advocacy is about supporting a child to express their own needs and views and to make informed decisions on matters which influence their lives. Advocates do not make choices for children. Instead, they support children and young people to make their own choices.

Advocacy will most often be required where a child is engaging with a service (e.g. health, education, police, social work etc.)

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Stay Safe Online

Education Scotland | 14 July 2014


Police Scotland’s ‘Stay Safe Online’ campaign is now targeting teens with vital advice on how to be web savvy and avoid the dangers of cyber-bullying and sexting.

‘Selfies’ are big news at the moment with many famous people taking them and posting them online including at big events. But do you know just how far to go and what the consequences can be if your photograph was posted maliciously online?

That’s just one of the aspects of the campaign which also features a hard-hitting Police Scotland commissioned video produced by the Leith Agency starring pupils aged 13-16 from Clyde Valley High School, Wishaw and Ross High School, Tranent, East Lothian who recount their personal online experiences.

The nationwide Stay Safe Online campaign aims to help children, parents, teachers and carers improve their knowledge and understanding of how to keep children safe while they are online.

To see how teenagers react to their private posts being made public look at this YouTube video.     

Safe social network launched for young adult carers

01 July 2014

A new, safe social network – designed by and for young adult carers – was launched today by Dundee Carers Centre and Abertay University. The project has run for almost a year, with staff, volunteers and carers involved with Dundee Carers Centre working with the university’s computing experts. The UPBEET social media site is thought to be the first of its kind – developing a private, safe version of sites like Facebook, specifically for young adult carers aged 16 to 30.  

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Speak up Speak out

01 July 2014

If you or anyone you know is being harmed, you should speak up. You should contact Social Care Direct or phone 999 in an emergency. Harm can be done by anyone to anyone - friends, relatives and strangers, men, women and children - no matter how old they are or what colour their skin is. Most harm takes place at home but it can happen anywhere - at work, in a public place, or in hospital or a care home. 

More information on the Edinburgh City Council Child and Adult Protection Campaign