resources

The links included below are to sites with useful further information for those looking to find out more about aspects of this area. Childnet International, who run the chatdanger website, is not responsible for the content of the links below.

Telephone helplines for children

  • Childline, 0800 1111, a free 24 hour helpline for children in the UK, www.childline.org.uk
  • Child Helpline International, www.childhelplineinternational.org/global.php to find a helpline for children in a particular country

To report to police

  • The Virtual Global Taskforce, www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com, receives reports online – click the ‘Report Abuse’ option on the home page and follow the instructions.
  • In the UK, to report suspicious behaviour online towards a child, you can report directly to the police at www.ceop.gov.uk

Other Childnet International sites

  • Childnet International www.childnet.com
  • Kidsmart www.kidsmart.org.uk
  • Digizen www.digizen.org

Other Internet safety sites

  • www.sikkerchat.dk (Chat Safety) run by Save the Children Denmark
  • Thinkuknow www.thinkuknow.co.uk
  • Websafecrackerz www.websafecrackerz.com
  • SafeKids www.safekids.com
  • Netsmartz www.netsmartz.org
  • Cybersmartkids www.cybersmartkids.com.au
  • NetAlert www.netalert.net.au
  • WiseKids www.wisekids.org.uk
  • Wired Kids www.wiredkids.org
  • Parents’ Centre www.parentscentre.gov.uk/usingtheinternet
  • BBC www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/help/safesurfing
  • Disney www.disney.co.uk/DisneyOnline/Safesurfing
  • Internet Safety Zone www.internetsafetyzone.com

Sites on Bullying

  • Beatbullying www.beatbullying.org
  • Cybermentors www.cybermentors.org.uk
  • Bullying.org www.bullying.org
  • Kidscape www.kidscape.org.uk
  • Bullying Online www.bullying.co.uk
  • Websafecrackerz www.websafecrackerz.com
  • On bullying via mobile phone www.stoptextbully.com
  • BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/newsid_1613000/1613336.stm

Research and Reports

  • UK Children Go Online 2005 www.children-go-online.net
  • The SAFT survey www.ncte.ie/documents/SAFTexecsummaryMay26.pdf
  • Chatwise Streetwise www.internetcrimeforum.org.uk/chatwise_streetwise.html
  • Online Victimisation: A Report of the Nation’s Youth www.ncmec.org/download/nc62.pdf
  • ECPAT International report on Violence against children in Cyberspace www.ecpat.net/eng/publications
  • Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II www.media-awareness.ca/english/research/YCWW/phaseII/key_findings.cfm
  • Kidsonline@home: Internet use in Australian home www.acma.gov.au/acmainterwr/aba/about/recruitment/kidsonline.pdf
  • Generation M: Media in the lives of 8-18 year-olds www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedia030905nr.cfm

Also see

  • The Cyberspace Research Unit based at the University of Central Lancashire, www.uclan.ac.uk/host/cru

Good Practice guidance

For Industry:

The UK Home Office Task Force on Child Protection on the Internet has produced some useful good practice guidance for industry:

  • Good Practice models and guidance for the internet industry on chat services, instant messaging and Web-based services http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-and-publications/publication/operational-policing/ho_model.pdf?view=Binary
  • Good practice guidance for the moderation of interactive services for children
    http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-and-publications/publication/operational-policing/moderation.pdf?view=Binary
  • Good practice guidance for search service providers and advice to the public on how to search safely
    http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-and-publications/publication/operational-policing/search-and-advice-public.pdf?view=Binary
  • Good practice guidance for the providers of social networking and other user interactive services 2008
    http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-and-publications/publication/operational-policing/social-networking-guidance

For Schools:

  • Becta on e-safety for schools – http://schools.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=is
  • Childnet wrote some Guidance for Schools on Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying (2007) and produced a Film resource called ‘Let’s Fight It together’, www.digizen.org/cyberbullying.

Mobile Operators Code of Practice (UK)

Information about filtering

Other relevant organisations/information

  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child www.ohchr.org/english/law/pdf/crc.pdf
  • Phonepay Plus www.phonepayplus.org.uk (formerly ICSTIS)
  • Becta www.becta.org
  • European Schoolnet www.eun.org
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority www.acma.gov.au
  • Parents Advisory Group for the Internet www.pagi.org.sg
  • OFCOM www.ofcom.org.uk
  • ICRA www.icra.org
  • INHOPE www.inhope.org
  • Media Awareness Network www.media-awareness.ca
  • NetSafe – the Internet Safety Group www.netsafe.org.nz/home/home_default.aspx