Library – Online Safety

Covid-19 and early intervention: Evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery

Added: 27/04/2020 at 9:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global public health crisis that is having and will continue to have a profound impact on every area of life. Many services for children and families will face significant disruption, as a wide range of services – such as parenting classes, home visiting programmes, youth work, counselling services and school-based services – have traditionally been delivered face-to-face.

Covid-19: Expectations and Effects on Children Online

Added: 22/06/2020 at 9:06 am Category: Online Safety

Covid-19 has affected the lives of billions of people across the world, with unprecedented peacetime restrictions imposed. The reaction has been an extraordinary digital migration; a migration online to maintain some form of normality in terms of social, economic, entertainment and learning. In this resource, David Wright (Director of UK Safer Internet Centre) looks at the expectations and effects COVID-19 has had towards children online. This report breaks down the key findings:

Digital Parenting (Issue 1, November 2010)

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:57 am Category: Online Safety

Digital Parenting (Issue 2, September 2012)

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:57 am Category: Online Safety

Digital Parenting (Issue 3, September 2015)

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:56 am Category: Online Safety

Digital Parenting (Issue 4, September 2015)

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:56 am Category: Online Safety

Digital Parenting (Issue 5, October 2016)

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:54 am Category: Online Safety

Digital Parenting (Issue 6, September 2017)

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:54 am Category: Online Safety

Global Threat Assessment 2018 – Working together to end the sexual exploitation of children online

Added: 29/10/2019 at 9:56 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

The Global Threat Assessment is the first of its type, both in terms of the broad stakeholder community that it draws from but also in its global vision to strengthen and further develop the international response to this growing and persistent threat.
The report has been commissioned with the following aims:
• raising international awareness of online child sexual exploitation (OCSE);
• greater understanding of the threat and how it is evolving;
• greater understanding of both the impact to victims and the wider societal impact of OCSE;
• creating a baseline which can be used to monitor both the level of the threat and the positive impact that interventions are having on the offender population;
• to provide evidence based examples to support members in making domestic and international decisions or investments.

Internet and phone bullying (Surrey Police)

Added: 16/10/2018 at 2:55 pm Category: Online Safety

This factsheet gives examples of online bullying, explains who can help and how to keep safe – in Easy Read format.

Learning about online sexual harm

Added: 02/12/2019 at 7:58 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

This research was commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (the Inquiry),1 as part of its investigation into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation facilitated by the internet.

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety

Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:42 am Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

Families of children with disabilities often use the Internet as a key tool to keep them informed about their legal rights, appropriate treatments and services that might be available for their families. Parents often seek advice and support from online networking groups and forums and these can help us shape our plans for ensuring our children get the support they need.
This guide outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. This guide also suggests some resources that will help children get the most out of the Internet at home and in the community. The guide will present some case studies of actual experiences people with learning disabilities and autism have had online and learning points that can be taken from these experiences.

Life in Likes

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:21 am Category: Online Safety

This Children’s Commissioner’s report on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds examines the way children use social media and its effects on their wellbeing. ‘Life in Likes’ fills a gap in research showing how younger children use platforms which social media companies say are not designed for them. Whilst most social media sites have an official age limit of 13 years, some research has suggested ¾ of 10-to-12 year olds have a social media account.

Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse

Added: 18/05/2018 at 7:08 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

A new study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.

Online Gaming: A guide for Parents and Carers (Childnet)

Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:43 am Category: Online Safety

Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. A PDF fact sheet is available to download here that covers how games are played, what the risks are, how to keep children safe, etc.

Online Harms White Paper

Added: 05/08/2019 at 2:46 pm Category: Online Safety

The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This package comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.

Report Harmful Content Launch Annual Report

Added: 18/05/2020 at 3:07 pm Category: Online Safety

Report Harmful Content has just released its annual report into the findings surrounding harmful content online. This report presents results of mixed-methods research carried out on all cases dealt within the first year of operation (January 2019-December 2019). In the year analysed, the RHC website received 9,282 visitors and practitioners dealt with 164 unique cases. The service’s popularity rapidly increased in September, following the official service launch, and continued to grow until the end of the year.

Roblox checklist

Added: 03/03/2020 at 7:35 am Category: Online Safety

Roblox is an online multiplayer game creation platform. Play online or create your own games and virtual worlds using Roblox Studio. There are a wide variety of games hosted on the site, from racing and role-playing games to simulations and obstacle courses. Roblox has a community made up of players and developers of many ages. There are a number of reporting and parental controls.

Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:18 am Category: Online Safety

This advice is for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, headteachers and senior leadership teams in schools and educational establishments in England.

Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people

Added: 18/01/2021 at 8:35 am Category: Online Safety

This advice is for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, headteachers and senior leadership teams in schools and educational establishments in England. Other members of staff should see a one-page summary on how to manage incidents available on the UK Council for Internet Safety’s (UKCIS’) website. This document may also act as good practice advice for out-of-school settings providing education for children and young people in England (e.g. extracurricular clubs, youth organisations and providers).

Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: how to respond to an incident

Added: 18/01/2021 at 8:34 am Category: Online Safety

An overview for all staff working in education settings in England. This document provides a brief overview for frontline staff of how to respond to incidents where nudes and semi-nudes have been shared. All such incidents should be immediately reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or equivalent and managed in line with your setting’s child protection policies.

Skin gambling: teenage Britain’s secret habit (Parentzone)

Added: 23/07/2018 at 8:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

This research began because one young person told us he thought skin gambling was a problem. It turned out he was not alone. Two in five young people who know about it agree. We share their concern. Our investigation has uncovered a complicated ecosystem of games, sites and services that knowingly and unknowingly facilitate gambling with virtual currencies. With the help of young gamers, we have learnt that in-game purchases and rewards can easily be used to gamble, and that young people have enterprising ways to fund gambling activity.

Snapchat: Privacy & Safety Checklist (Updated November 2019)

Added: 25/11/2019 at 4:21 pm Category: Online Safety

The checklist holds information on how to keep your Snapchat profile under your control. The Snapchat Checklist quickly answers those common questions about your profile such as how can I stay in control, how do I find all my friends, how do I block and delete and ow do I report a problem?

So You Got Naked Online

Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:31 am Category: Online Safety

A resource that offers children, young people and parents advice and strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. With help and advice for young people who may find themselves in a situation where they or a friend have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over who it’s being shared with.

So You Got Naked Online

Added: 19/11/2019 at 12:34 pm Category: Online Safety

‘So you got naked online’ is a leaflet that helps and advises young people who may find themselves in a situation where they (or a friend) have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with. It is available as a 15-page booklet or handout flyer. There is a cost to purchase these, but more information can be found on the suppliers website.

Staying safe online (National Autistic Society)

Added: 16/10/2018 at 2:55 pm Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

Online article covering some of the benefits and risks of being online:
• Not understanding what other people mean
• Becoming obsessive
• Being vulnerable to bullying or abuse
• Misuse of money

The Periodic Table of Digital Resilience

Added: 17/12/2018 at 10:54 am Category: Online Safety

Download the ParentZone poster outlining the opportunities and risks created by the online world.

The Rip-Off Games – How the new business model of online gaming exploits children

Added: 14/10/2019 at 8:41 am Category: Online Safety

Gaming is very big business. Millions of children play online games every day – and parents are involved, whether they like it or not, and whether they know it or not: they are usually the ones paying, sometimes without realising exactly what they are paying for. As this report shows, some gaming companies appear to have deliberately designed their games to extract the maximum amount of money from players and, by default, their parents and the wider family.

Thinking about Staying Safe on the Internet (Dimensions)

Added: 16/10/2018 at 2:54 pm Category: Online Safety

Short document giving general internet safety advice for young people and adults in Easy Read Format.

TikTok Checklist

Added: 03/03/2020 at 7:37 am Category: Online Safety

The TikTok Checklist provides all the information about the app and how to stay safe

When to call the police: Guidance for schools & colleges (NPCC)

Added: 10/08/2020 at 3:06 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Drugs, Education, Online Safety, Safeguarding

This advice is for school and college staff with responsibility for behaviour management, including designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools and colleges in England. This advice covers incidents on school and college premises where students have potentially committed a crime. It provides guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police.

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