Steve McCabe, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Families and MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, is backing the NSPCC’s new ‘Share Aware’ campaign which aims to get families talking about staying safe online.
The NSPCC has created a new online guide to help inform parents about the risks of different social networking sites used by children. The new no-nonsense guide aims to help parents untangle the web, understand what their children are doing online, and feel confident talking to them about how to stay safe.
This comes after an NSPCC panel of more than 500 parents from Mumsnet reviewed 48 social networking sites and said all those aimed at adults and teenagers were too easy for children under 13 to sign-up to. On more than 40 per cent of the sites, the panel struggled to locate privacy, reporting and safety information.1
Steve said: “I know that parents are increasingly concerned about their children’s safety online but they often don’t know where to start. TheNSPCC’s ‘Share Aware’ campaign is really important in helping parents understand the internet and how to stay safe online. I hope families will use the guide and talk about staying safe on the internet.”
People can find out more about the NSPCC campaign at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware and join the debate on social media by following #ShareAware.
Anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child, can contact the NSPCC’s 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected]
Children worried about online safety or any other problem can call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111 or get help online at www.childline.org.uk