“There is a box in the corner of the room, shining and eating up the gloom…”
But the enticing and seemingly innocent invitation to explore what is in the box is in fact a powerful warning about the perils of cyber-based child sexual exploitation online in today’s internet world.
A group of teenagers from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Outreach Team has worked with youth workers to produce a four-minute video which grips the viewer and provides a stark warning about internet safety.
The video was produced with help from the Real Adventure education team and video producer Ian Dearman with producer Suzanne Rose and youth worker Julie Slater.
The teenagers involved are: Romany Emingham, Luana Gregory, Owen Gregory, Kaci Bailey, Tyler Price, Mille Price and Angel Bailey. They are all members of the Sandy Lane outdoor adventure Group which takes part in various outdoor activities during the year including raft building and kayaking.
The group decided to embark on the video project to further develop their knowledge and skills and to highlight an issue they feel is extremely relevant to today’s teenagers.
The video has been produced with funding from the council’s outreach service and the Nottinghamshire Crime Commissioner’s office. It is hoped that the video will become an education resource for other teenagers.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are extremely proud of these young people who have highlighted this challenging issue in such a creative and professional way. It is a compelling video which serves a critical purpose to raise awareness of this issue and encourage children and families to be vigilant when using the internet.”
You can view the video here on the Nottinghamshire County Council’s YouTube channel: http://notts.cc/GirlinBox