What is E-safety?
- Safeguarding young people and adults in the digital world
- It is not about restricting people, but educating them about the risks as well as the benefits so they van feel confident and happy online.
- Adults being educated about the online world so they can support and help young people build resilience.
The benefits of the internet
- Access to global information
- Educational resources
- Entertainment, games and fun
- Communication with friends/family
- Personal/social/health advice
- Networking and friendship: sense of community
- Privacy for expression of identity
- Develop key skills
- Adverts, spam, hoaxes & scams
- Accessing violent or hateful content
- Pornographic content/unwelcome sexual comments
- Racist & extremist content
- Misleading advice
- Body image and self esteem
- Tracking/harvesting personal information
- Being bullied, harassed or stalked
- Meeting strangers/grooming/online child exportation
- Self harm/suicide
- Illegal downloading, hacking, gambling, terrorism
The Child exploitation and online protection agency delivers a multiagency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and “e” world. Click the CEOP report abuse button to report online abuse or suspicious behaviour.
CEOP works as part of the Virtual global taskforce, which is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world.
Any reports of abuse made via CEOP or the VGT report abuse button will be answered within 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from around the globe. The report abuse button can be used to report inappropriate or potentially illegal activity towards a child.
The internet Watch foundation is the UK hotline for reporting illegal online content – this may be child abuse images, or material considered to be criminally obscene or inciting hatred.
Children & young people can ring childline on 0800 1111 to speak to someone in private. The childine website also offers excellent help and advise of a while range of issues.
Advice and guidance for professional working with children, young people and adults.
- E-safety is not an ICT issue it is a safeguarding concern and should be seen as everyone’s responsibility.
- E-safety education should be ongoing throughout life, wherever possible it should involve and engage within the home environment.
- The advent of mobile internet means filters/parental controls etc can easily be bypassed so parents/carers and professionals should not rely on technical tools alone to safeguard children.
- There should be training and support in place to protect and educate all members of staff.
- There should be a clear support procedure in place to support all involved in the event of a disclosure.
Professional online safety
- What information you post online – would you say this in this real world
- Consider your personal use of the internet and make sure any social networking sites/apps are set to private
- Protect your passwords pctool.com/guides/passwords
- Understand and manage your digital reputation
Useful sites and rescources:-
Reporting a concern
Kent and Medway Rescources
Useful links for keeping children and young people safe online
Useful e-safety links for adults