E-Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. Anyone can send messages, discuss ideas and publish material with little restriction. This is why there is a great need to educate children, young people and adults about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
All partner agencies, stakeholders, schools and educational settings and all other organisations within the community providing services to children have a duty to understand e-safety issues as part of its wider safeguarding duties; recognising their role in helping children to remain safe online while also supporting the adults who care for children.
Cyberbullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, mobile phones, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else. You can report any online abuse through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) website.
Internet/social media and Child Sexual Exploitation
Technology can facilitate sexual exploitation of children. Where abusive images have been posted on, or shared via, the internet, there is little control over who can access them. This can lead to repeat victimisation. CSE can occur through the use of technology without the child realising it. For example, a child or young person is persuaded to post images of themselves on the internet and/or mobile phones. In some cases, the images are subsequently used as a bargaining tool by the perpetrators and threats of violence and intimidation are used as methods of coercion. The NSPCC has released some guidance about talking to children about sexting. Find out more about CSE.
ESCB 'Hidden Lives' campaign
'Hidden lives' is about raising awareness to that fact that the things children and young people are doing in private could lead them into danger. Find out more by downloading cards below.
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