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Online Safety

The internet is such an integral part of children’s lives these days. As we protect children in the real world, the LSCB wants to make sure that children are safe in the online world too.

Children and young people are naturally inquisitive. They like to push boundaries and discover new experiences as they are growing up. This behaviour extends into the online world where there is even greater freedom. Some aspects of their online behaviour can expose children and young people to risks, whether through the content they discover or other people whom they interact.

The LSCB’s priority is to: “Coordinate a multi-agency approach to online safety for children, young people and their families”. The focus of this priority is to:

  • Improving professional’s knowledge about e-safety and how to support children, young people and parents to stay  safe online.
  • Improving Children and young people’s knowledge and confidence about how to keep themselves safe online.
  • Improving parent and carers knowledge and confidence on how to help their children keep safe online.

Information for parents

See our online safety page for parents for advice on how to keep your child safe online.

 

Information for professionals

LSCB Training:

The LSCB runs half day training courses for professionals on ‘Safeguarding in a Digital World’. Further information can be found on our training pages or download an overview of the course here.

Useful websites:

Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides information, advice and guidance on how to keep children safe online. It is a really useful, and easy to use resource, that provides advice on important online safety issues, guidance on controls and filters, reviews on latest technology and new and advice from industry experts.

Although the content is aimed at parents it provides useful overviews on a range of online safety issues – such as cyberbullying, sexting and self-harm – including how to talk about it with children and young people and how to respond to these issues.

Play Like Share is a resource from Thinkuknow which is aimed at eight to ten year olds.

Play Like Share is a three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack, which aims to help children learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online.

The films, which can be downloaded from www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers, follow the adventures of Alfie, Ellie and Sam as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest – taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help them in pursuit of their goal, they need to use it wisely and safely.

Play Like Share helps children to identify the signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour online. This is explored through relatable characters in peer-on-peer scenarios, where children recognise tactics such as flattery or bribery or that feeling you might get when something’s not right. This resource aims to develop the confidence and skills children need to respond to these situations and get help when they need it.

Helpline for professionals:

The UK Safer Internet Centre has been funded to provide a dedicated Helpline for professionals, who work with children and young people, specifically tackling online safety. The Helpline can provide support with all aspects of digital and online issues such as misuse of social networking sites, cyber-bullying, sexting, online gaming and child protection. In addition, the Helpline aims to help professionals with issues they may face themselves, such as protecting personal identify and online harassment by others, such as pupils or parents.

Tel: 0844 381 4772

helpline@saferinternet.org.uk

 

Information for schools

Information will be published on East Sussex’s Czone shortly