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Child sexual abuse material (CSAM)

Children and young people have been brought up with the Internet and most use technology intuitively, often showing their parents how to use it.

Being online enables children any young people to socialise, learn and experience many things in a variety of different ways.  Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, children have spent more time in the digital world than ever before.

But, as we know, there are dangers associated with everyday Internet use.  Child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is commonplace and can be found on mainstream social media and online gaming platforms.

In 2021 there were 85 million pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse reported .  Many more will have gone unreported.

Below are some useful resources for further information and guidance.

Whisper Anonymous Reporting An anonymous reporting tool for pupils, parents and teachers

So you got naked online Advice and strategies for children, young people and parents to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents