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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.

Professional Reputation

Many professionals use social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep in touch with friends and family. Childnet.com has a useful guide on professional reputation to support your personal use of these services, keeping you, the young people you work with, and your job safe.

Youth produced sexual imagery & ‘sexting’

The production and distribution of sexting images involving anyone under the age of 18 is illegal and needs very careful management for all those involved. This Childnet Guide: Advice to schools and professionals – Responding to and managing sexting incidents is helpful.

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.

Think U Know is an education programme provided from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command, which has a range of education and awareness raising resources to tackle online child exploitation and abuse. Resources like Play Like Share help children learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online.

 

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 (Tel: 0844 381 4772 or email helpline@saferinternet.org.uk) 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.

Information for schools

Information is available on the East Sussex’s Czone.