Karen Livesey who currently works for C.A.T. – Child sexual exploitation Awareness Training and as an Associate Trainer for Barnardo’s has sent us the following post. The post is aimed at creating awareness for parents and carers of young people regarding the dangers of social media.
“During Coronavirus lockdown children and young people across the nation were forced to continue their education and studies at home. The increase of social media use was significant but so too was the concern regarding increase access to children and young people from perpetrators who deliberately groom young people online.
The Europol Exploitation isolation (June 2020) * reports “while the number of young children accessing the internet has grown significantly over recent months, awareness of the potential risks remains low and cases of online sexual abuse and exploitation have increased significantly”. It is important parents and carers ensure children and young people are using social media safely and not putting themselves at risk of inappropriate actions, online abuse, bullying or exploitation.
As an experienced Trainer, I decided to take a proactive response to these issues concerning children and young people’s vulnerabilities online by creating a free YouTube resource for Parents and Carers. This 30 mins film gives information and highlights causes for concern regarding social media and child sexual exploitation with practical advice, a checklist, and websites.
Karen Livesey is a qualified teacher, youth worker, and experienced trainer. She began her professional career as a Primary School teacher in London before working for 26 years as a Senior Youth Worker and Advanced Practitioner for Lancashire Youth Service. With increasing issues identified in child sexual and criminal exploitation, Karen pursued specialist training in child sexual exploitation, safeguarding, and sexual health. She completed Advanced training in Sexual health, Advanced training in Child sexual exploitation, and PGCE in “Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care” at UCLan.
She won a Business Enterprise Award from UCLan and was nominated at the EVA’s – Enterprise Vision Awards, as part of the “Inspirational Woman” category.
Ref: * Europol: “Exploitation isolation”. Offenders and victims of online child sex abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. June 2020