Online Safety & CEOP
County Lines - City Based Gangs
County lines is about city-based gangs expanding their illegal drugs businesses into new areas, often exploiting children in the process.
When an organised crime group or urban gang from an area such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, or West Yorkshire extends their drug dealing operation into other counties it's often referred to as 'county lines'. ‘Line’ refers to the mobile phone drug lines that organised crime groups market to sell their drugs.
Gangs need people to transport drugs and cash and often exploit children and vulnerable adults to do so. These drugs runners are incentivised with things that they want or need such as money, gifts like designer clothes and trainers, status, perceived friendship, or protection in return for completing tasks. Soon these gifts and intangible benefits turn into threats of what will happen if they don’t complete a task. These intimidation tactics make it very difficult for new recruits to say no, particularly as debts are incurred.
Children as young as 10 and vulnerable adults are made to travel many miles away from home to coastal towns and rural locations to deliver Class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine, collect cash, and even carry out enforcement for the gang. Travelling to areas where they are not known by the authorities allows them to fly under the radar for longer, carrying the risk on behalf of senior gang members. This causes obvious problems in our communities as vulnerable adults and children go missing for days at a time, missing school and being away from any support.
Further information and videos are available on the Lancashire Constabulary Website here
Staying Safe Online
The range and complexity of today's technology can often seem bewildering for many parents and carers, particularily with older children who may seem permanently 'connected'. A world has opened up which offers many positive opportunities and staying safe online is essential.
In school, year groups cover issues revolving around cyber safety and cyber bullying through ICT lessons, pastoral sessions, PSHE lessons and in other cross-curricular activities.
It is important we understand enough about the internet to keep our children safe from harm but is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly.
Below are suggested resources to assist you and your child stay safe:
Popular Social Media:
Further Documents to Download:
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Childnet International is a non-profit organisation which works to help make the internet a safe place for children. They have advice and resources to help parents and young people. There is a Know it All resource section for teachers and parents here.
GOV.UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online (published 14-04-20)
GOV.UK - What you can do to stay safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (published 23-04-20)
e-safety-adviser produce #DITTO which is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organizations and parents to keep up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approx. every 6 weeks.
National Online Safety Free Online Safety Guides, 10 Top Tips: Remote Learning for Teachers, Parents and Children - Remote learning can be a great way to continue learning outside the classroom, particularly in difficult circumstances. However the idea of remote learning isn’t always straightforward and there can be a number of factors that need to be considered. That’s why we’ve created these guides to help teachers, parents and carers and children in getting the most out of their remote learning experience.
Internetmatters.org A not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world. They are backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, and are supported by leading child online safety experts and are able to offer the best advice and information available on tackling e-safety issues. We’re passionate about keeping children safe online and are here to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for information for the first time, or an old hand, our website has everything you need to help make your children’s online life fulfilling, fun and above all safe. Parent Guides can be downloaded here.
NSPCC - Keeping children safe Online.
UK Council for Child Internet Safety brings together representatives from government, industry and charities to work together for safety online.
UK Safer Internet Centre where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online. There is a Parents' Guide to Technology Section here. There is also a page on Parental Controls Offered by your Internet Provider here.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) which is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.