Staying Safe Online
Cyberbullying has become increasingly common and is a form of harmful bullying behaviour which happens on social networks, apps, games and mobile phones. Cyberbullying can include posting rumours about someone, threats, sexual remarks, posting nasty or embarrassing messages, images or videos and revealing personal information.
Cyberbullying can happen at any time or anywhere and a child can be bullied when they are alone in their bedroom so it can feel like there’s no escape.
Children may know who's bullying them online or they may be targeted by someone using a fake or anonymous account. It’s easy to be anonymous online and this may increase the likelihood of engaging in bullying behaviour.
More information can be found on the NSPCC website.
Removing Images - YOTI App
Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online.
As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.
The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI App. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.
Below are details of online resources regarding this service:
Child Sexual Exploitation Online
When young people go online they are at risk of sexual exploitation. They may be persuaded or forced to send or post indecent images of themselves, engage in sexual activities via a webcam or smartphone, engage in sexual conversations by text or online.
Abusers may threaten to send images, video or copies of conversations to the young person's friends and family unless they take part in other sexual activity and images or videos may continue to be shared long after the sexual abuse has stopped.
They are also at risk of:
The NSPCC has released some guidance about talking to children about sexting.
For more information please see our Child Sexual Exploitation page.
e-Safer Suffolk aims to raise the awareness of e-safety issues with children, young people, families, vulnerable adults and those who work with them, to enable everyone to enjoy the internet safely.
Further information about e-Safer Suffolk, online safety tools, resources, tips and advice, can be found on the e-Safer Suffolk page.
Sexual Abuse Online
This booklet gives information for parents on what online harm is and the ways they can effectively help and support their children.
The Source - Advice and practical e-safety help for young people in Suffolk
NSPCC Helpline - 0800 800 5000 - Help for adults concerned about a child
Childline - 0800 1111 - Help for children and young people