Rapidly changing technology and the internet, gives opportunities for adults, children and young people but can bring risks such as cyberbullying, identity theft, scams, exposure to inappropriate sites, online grooming and exploitation.
e-Safer Suffolk is an internet tool kit, full of resources and advice to keep children, young people, families, and vulnerable adults safe while online.
Looking after your eyes, body and mind when using screens (Beacon House)
We are spending more time online than ever before, possibly sitting and working with poor posture as we use makeshift desks and chairs. There is a tendency to take fewer breaks and less exercise and this is affecting our physical well-being.
Beacon House the specialist, therapeutic service for young people, families and adults has produced a series of six posters outlining ways to keep safe and alert when working at home, whether children or adults.
Download the posters here: Posters to Download from Beacon House
Further Beacon House resources can be found on their website here: Beacon House Resources
Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use
This guide offers:
- Informative insights into increased screen use during COVID-19 - with phone usage up by about 30% from pre-pandemic levels.
- Step-by-step advice on how to take control of your screen use by identifying triggers, scheduling screen time, and setting restrictions on your phone.
- Useful information on digital detoxers and dieters: 7 in 10 people have tried to moderate their digital consumption in some way, with 37% deleting an app and 27% turning off notifications.
- Quotes from experts appear throughout, along with useful links for further reading on the topic.
e-Safety Lead Training
Online Compass is a free, simple tool to help keep children safe online.
Learn how to make online a safer place for you and your group, visit the Online Compass website for expert advice.
The Yoti app is a way for for children to get sexual images of themselves removed which have been shared online.
The child is asked to give the link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.
The YOTI app deals with identity and age checks of the child and this information is not stored after the verification check is complete.
More services which use the YOTI app are available here:
NSPCC Sexting Advice - There's section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.
Childline Report an Image or Video – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the YOTI app to verify age.
The Internet can help vulnerable adults by providing tools to create new or extended support networks, develop new skills and knowledge and manage day-to-day living.
Little or no work has been done to enhance vulnerable adults experiences, or reduce risk in online environments.
Get Safe Online was set up to research, raise awareness and develop an online educational programme.
Young Voices Youth Parliament with help from Hearing Voices and students from Lapwings Suffolk have made a Cyberbullying film and details of how to watch are below.
The Out & About Youtube Channel gives you access to not only the Cyberbullying film called "That's the Rule!", but other films that Out & About have produced.
Fraudsters may ask you to receive money into your bank account and transfer it into another account, keeping some of the cash for yourself. If you let this happen, you’re a money mule. You’re involved in money laundering, which is a crime.
For more information visit the Money Mules website
Easy Read Guides - designed for
Date: 30 September 2020
The NSPCC has published a report setting out a series of tests that the upcoming Online Harms Bill must meet to protect children online. The six tests include: creating an expansive, principles-based duty of care with tech firms having a legal responsibility to identify harms caused by their sites and deal with them; tackling online sexual abuse; tackling legal but harmful content; and holding the tech industry to account with criminal and financial sanctions.
Read the press release: Our six tests for government to create laws to protect children online
Read the report: How to win the Wild West Web: six tests for delivering the Online Harms Bill (PDF)
Source: UK Council for Internet Safety
Date: 18 September 2020
The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) has published a framework and tool for organisations, including schools, to use to embed digital resilience thinking into their products, education and services. Digital resilience helps individuals recognise and manage the risks they come across when they socialise, explore or work online. An independent online hub for professionals working with children and families has been produced to support the adoption and application of the framework. It features an introduction to digital resilience; a guide to the UKCIS Digital Resilience Framework; and case studies demonstrating how the framework can be applied in a range of contexts.
Read the framework: Digital resilience framework
Visit the online hub: What is digital resilience?
Source: The Marie Collins Foundation, NWG Network
Date: 28 September 2020
The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) and the NWG Network have published resources for professionals and parents and carers working with issues of online sexual harm and young people. The guidance contains information about what online harm is, the specific issues facing young people, and ways professionals and parents and carers can engage with and support young people.
Read the news story: Help for parents and professionals
Read the guidance for professionals: Online sexual harm reduction guide (PDF)
Read the guidance for parents and carers: How can I help my child? (PDF)
Online safety in schools
Source: UK Safer Internet Centre
Date: 30 September 2020
The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) has released data ranking the performance of 14,000 schools in England on online safety. Analysis of data based on the assessment of schools participating in the 360 Degree Safe programme, an online safety review tool for schools, shows a variation of performance across England which means that children in some areas of the country could be left more vulnerable online.
Read the news story: New data: thousands of schools need more help to tackle online safety effectively
Access the safe schools index: Online safety: how well do schools protect children throughout England?
Source: NSPCC Learning
Date: 01 October 2020
NSPCC Learning has updated its content on sexting advice for professionals which covers: policies and procedures you need to have in place; what to do if you are concerned a sexting incident has taken place; reporting concerns and getting images removed from the internet; and raising awareness about sexting.
Read the content: Sexting: advice for professionals
Online Sexual Harm Reduction Guide
This guide addresses the challenges professionals face when working with issues of online harm and young people.
Parental controls and Internet safety for children
Online activity can be monitored via your broadband provider to ensure that your child stays safe on the internet. A guide to broadband parental controls and internet safety for children can be found below.