Today I wanted to tell you all about this amazing campaign that the NSPCC (The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) are currently running called Share Aware!
The campaign has been around for a few months now, it’s a brilliant campaign though and that’s why I wanted to tell you about it.
The campaign offers advice for parents on how to keep kids safe online.
In the age of social media it’s really important for parents to keep up to date with what’s going on online, especially as it’s so easy now for kids to be unsafe.
The campaign has some great videos that highlight the reasons it’s important to stay safe like this video of Lucy and The Boy.
Or the one when everyone saw Alex’s willy.
I’ve known friends go through situations like those in the videos, they’re not just cartoons it’s a real problem and it could happen to you, your children or children you know.
I had a friend let’s call her S who met a boy online, they talked for a little while and she ended up sending him pictures of herself naked, a few days later those pictures were all over social media and she was humiliated, it wasn’t actually a boy she was talking to, it was some mean girls that didn’t like her.
You have to be so careful with what you send to people, what might seem like an okay thing to send at the time may turn out to be the stupidest thing you’ve ever done and there may be serious consequences to it.
Personally I don’t think it’s sexy to send naked pictures to people, if it’s your boyfriend and you’re of the legal age of consent in your country then he probably already knows what you look like and if he’s not your boyfriend or you’re underage then why are you letting him see you naked? Same applies to guys though, think twice before you send a willy picture to somebody, it’s not attractive.
This campaign is great though, there’s a PDF you can download that is packed full of advice for parents and there’s some handy tips on how to talk to your kids about it all too.
It can be quite scary when you don’t know anything about social media except that it can be dangerous but don’t panic, read the advice that the NSPCC have to offer and do a little research of your own, maybe sign up to the social media sites yourself so you can see what it’s all about, it’s not as scary as it seems.
If you’re a kid / teenager reading this, be careful with what you do online, if anyone you don’t know starts talking to you, don’t send them any pictures of yourself and don’t give out your address, school name or any phone numbers for yourself or any of your friends. If anyone does ask you for any of this information tell your parents, a teacher or an adult that you trust.
I also think that if you’re a kid / teenager reading this that it might be good for YOU to show your parents this campaign that the NSPCC are running, it’s a chance for you to show how responsible you are and I’m sure it’ll also set their mind at ease that you’re being safe online.
I feel blessed that although I’m only 23 social media didn’t really become a thing until I was 16 so I didn’t have all of these dangers to worry about as a kid, I mean sure we still needed to be safe and Stranger Danger was a thing but I feel like now with social media the world is a far more dangerous place if you’re not careful.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, I feel like the campaign is really important and that’s why I wanted to tell you all about it.
Take care and stay safe on and offline!