CCPAS (the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service), one of the UK’s leading experts in advising and training Christian and secular organisations in child protection practices, today called upon churches across the UK to complete a simple internet safety audit as part of Safer Internet Day on 7 February 2012.
The simple audit comprises three key questions and aims to encourage churches to take internet safety more seriously:
Simon Bass, CEO of CCPAS said: “Every day we get calls to our helpline expressing concerns about the safeguarding threats posed to our children by the internet. It is a growing trend, too – we have seen a significant rise over the past couple of years. That is why this audit is so important. And if the answer to any of the three questions is no, we urge churches to address these issues immediately.”
The theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day is Connecting Generations, and CCPAS is inviting churches throughout the UK to get involved by hosting their own local parents (or grandparents) event, where the generations can share their expertise and learn from each other how best to stay safe on the web.
CCPAS is a partner agency of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and is a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).