E-Safety and Cyberbullying

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

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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E-Safety Policy

E-Safety Policy

This policy needs to be read in conjunction with the SET procedures and it is envisaged, that this document will provide a framework for partner agencies. It is for partner agencies to develop and embed their own operational policies and procedures, and lines of accountability, in safeguarding children when using Internet, Digital and Mobile Technologies (IDMT). 

Resources

CEOP

NSPCC Checklists

Net Aware

Launched as part of the Share Aware campaign is called Net Aware is available for parents and gives them all the need to know information about the most popular networks, sites and apps that children and young people are currently using. There are some great talking tips to encourage open conversations and a couple of promotional videos showing the dangers of sharing too much online.