Parents and carers in West Sussex are being encouraged to find out more about online safety to help protect their children.
West Sussex Safeguard Children Board (WSSCB) is supporting ‘Share Aware’, a national campaign launched by the NSPCC designed to help parents keep their children safe online.
The WSSCB brings together organisations and agencies across West Sussex, including the County Council, Sussex Police, NHS Sussex, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey and Sussex Probation, to ensure there is a united approach to looking after the wellbeing of children in the county.
Its website has information and advice for parents and carers about online security, with advice on cyber bullying and online abuse.
Jimmy Doyle, Chairman of the WSSCB, said: “Keeping children and young people safe while using the internet is a challenge faced by parents every day.
“That why we are welcoming the NSPCC’s new campaign, which aims to give parents information and the tools they may need.
“We also have advice and guidance on our website on a range of issues, including cyber bullying and online abuse – as well as what to do if you are concerned about the wellbeing of a child or young person.”
‘Share Aware’ is a national campaign which has been launched by the NSPCC. It aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to ensure they are talking to their children about this issue.
Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, added: “The NSPCC campaign highlights an important area in the subject of child safety.
“Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility, whether that’s looking out for their physical wellbeing or making sure they are not at risk while online.
“I’d encourage parents and carers to take advantage of the wealth of information that is available on the WSSCB website and find out more.”
The WSSCB website launched last year and covers a range of issues, including providing advice about how to cope with bullying and online abuse.
It also has information about Operation Kite – a Sussex Police initiative to improve recognition and understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation.
The latest annual report and newsletters can be found on the website, and you also have the opportunity to sign up to instant updates and latest news alerts by email.
Visit the NSPCC website to find out more about ‘Share Aware’