What is child abuse? Child abuse is when someone harms a child or young person. Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. It can also include neglect.
10 February 2015
Today Safer Internet Day will be celebrated around the globe with the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. For SID2014, over 650 organisations got involved, reaching 25% of children and 18% of teenagers.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation and it provides resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved.
Safer Internet Day calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!
To find out more visit www.saferinternet.org.uk
| 06 February 2015
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons - and is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.
Further information of FGM Day
View short film FGM A Change has Begun, 2014.
A survivor-led account of life with FGM which speaks of the positive shift in perspective within practicing communities in the UK. The film was made by Spirited Pictures and commissioned by Girl Effect for the Girl Summit 2014.
NB Contains personal accounts from women survivors of FGM.
| 05 February 2015
North Ayrshire Child Protection Committee are hosting their second Online Safety public event on 10th February 2015. We launched this event last year and had an excellent response from the public who shared many interesting queries and experiences with us.
This year we are focusing on two key messages: the first is around highlighting to parents and carers that the parenting skills they use in the real world are the same ones they should use for the virtual world. We have produced a leaflet for parents and carers emphasising that the questions they currently ask their children when they go out - where are you going? who are you meeting? what will you be doing? - are the same questions they should ask when their child goes online.
The second key message is around raising awareness of how much information we share through social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. We have produced a huge board in the style of different types of messages, photos, status updates, photo tags etc that will be a central discussion point at our event. We have a number of activities to attract passers-by such as a quiz for adults to test their knowledge of on-line safety, badge-making for young children and online game competition for young people. Partners across police, health, education, community development etc will be on-site supporting the event, along with technical experts such as our local O2 guru.
04 February 2015
On February 10, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day is a great opportunity to talk to young people about the safe and positive use of technology, and to share a smile to help create a kinder online community.