Young people are being encouraged to share their views wilth the police as part of the launch of a new project.
A new website, created for 13-18 year olds, will signpost to articles and website with advice on life, love and the internet.
www.burnttoast.org.uk went live this week and aims to engage and empower young people to build healthy relationships.
In the lead up to the launch, Avon and Somerset police have been asking young people for their views and experiences via a survey and series of online polls. 400 young people have so far given their opinions and this feedback has been used to create burnttoast.org.uk, which will contine to develop as more 13-18 years olds are spoken to.
The site so far includes a section dedicated to providing information on domestic abuse and rape and sexual assault. Articles include advice and links on topics such as sexting and online safety.
What young people have shared so far:
- 82% of young people have more positive than negative experiences online
- Close to 60% of young people surveyed told of someone asking them for a naked picture online
- Only 28% of young people who responded had heard of the CEOP online reporting centre
- Young people have said that anecdotally they often didn't realise they were experiencing abuse in a past relationship, and as a result didn't seek help and support.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I have met with many young people to date and issues relating to sex and relationships have been a recurring theme of discussion. In a world where sexting and cyber-bullying are, for many young people, common everyday occurrences I welcome support and advice for young people online.
"i hope the website will encourage conversatin and discussion about what is and what is not a healthy relationship. It is imperative that we provide young people with the correct information and advice, including solid and well-rounded examples, so that they can develip healthy relationships, prevent violence and abuse and be safe in their communities."
PCC Sue Mountstevens last month submitted evidence to the national Education Committee's Enquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education and Sex Relationship Education in schools, calling for PSHE to become a statutory part of the National Curriculum.
DCI Simon Crisp from the Public Protection Unit said: "Protecting children and young people is a priority for the force and we are pro-actively taking steps to promote healthy relationships to empower young people to spot the signs of abusive behaviour, understand content, stay safe online and feel confident enough to speak out for help and support.
"The new website builds on our on-going work in partnership with local schools, with officers, delivering an 'Only Yes Means Yes' educational resource on rape and consent to secondary age students. The package is also available for teachers and professionals to deliver independently."
The Constabulary still want to hear from more young people to help build understanding of issues that matter to them and know where help and support can be offered. If you're aged 13-18 and would like to take part click here.
Find out more
You can visit the website at www.burnttoast.org.uk. If you're aged 13-18 and want to take part in the survey click here. For feedback or questions on burnttoast.org.uk, please make contact via the website here.
Posted on Tuesday 19th August 2014