Film which warns youths about the dangers of internet uploads is to be launched at Cumbernauld High School

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:35 GMT on Friday, 2nd November 2012.
 


ABOVE: The CEOP's safety information button, displayed on numerous social networks and youth aimed websites.
CUMBERNAULD High School will launch a new film which is aimed at warning young people about the dangers of uploading sexual content onto the internet.

The new film, First To A Million, is an interactive video which was produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), and aims to bring home the risks to uploading improper media onto the net.

Police say images that teenagers put on websites can end up in the hands of sex offenders and so the film, which is aimed at 13 to 18-year-olds, shows a group of teenagers competing to gain one million views of their videos as they continually produce increasingly outrageous videos each featuring pranks and sexual material.

Jonathan Baggaley, head of education at CEOP, said: "Pictures and videos can now be shared online in an instant and even on the move by young people. It's very easy to upload something you'll regret later without thinking and run into all sorts of problems.
 
"We know that young people in these situations often don't know where to turn for help when things have gone wrong. It's important they don't feel isolated or alone when this happens."
 
Around nine in ten sexually explicit images and videos of young people are taken from their original online location and copied to other websites, and according to the CEOP,a quarter of young people ignore the online risk and only 15 per cent of young people report concerns regarding sexual content.
 
Detective Chief Inspector Norrie Conway, of Strathclyde Police's public protection unit, said: "The issues that First To A Million raise are pertinent to every child in Scotland and we are delighted that CEOP is coming to Glasgow to let schools and young people know about what they can do to protect themselves online and help them consider what they share."
 
Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell commented: "It's reassuring to see CEOP visiting Cumbernauld High School to highlight the important messages in First To A Million, especially those around knowing what to do and where to go if something goes wrong online. I'd encourage schools right across Scotland to show First to a Million as a great way of promoting online safety among their pupils."
 
The film will soon be launched at Cumbernauld High School although the film is currently available to view through the CEOP YouTube channel.