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Online Safety

What is Online Safety?

Online Safety or "E-Safety" is not just an IT issue; it is about safeguarding young people (and adults) in the digital world as part of our safeguarding responsibilities.

The focus should be on building children and young people's resilience to online risk so they can be safe and confident online. This often requires professionals, parents and carers to build their own understanding of today's digital world.

What is Online Abuse?

The internet can be a great place for children and young people to play, learn and connect, but it can also put them at risk of online abuse.

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens online. It can happen via any device that's connected to the Internet i.e. computers, Ipads, tablets, and mobile phones. It can also happen anywhere online, including:

  • social media
  • text messages and messaging apps
  • emails
  • online gaming
  • live-streaming sites
  • online chat rooms

Local Guidances

National Guidance

Kent and Medway Online Safeguarding Champions

As online safety remains a national and local priority the Kent and Medway Online Safeguarding Working Group have established a multi-agency network of 'Online Safeguarding Champions'. The purpose of an online champion is to:

  • contribute to and implement Kent and Medway Online Safeguarding Strategy
  • support the development of safe, responsive and effective services for children, young people and adults who experience or are vulnerable to online safeguarding risks
  • enhance professional and public awareness of online safeguarding risks in Kent and Medway

Champions are expected to attend Online Champion Forums, which take place on a quarterly basis, to ensure knowledge is kept up to date.

For more information please view the Online Champion job description. If you would like to become a champion please complete the short form on the job description and send to catherine.hampson@kent.gov.uk.

View Online Safeguarding Champion Job Description

Reporting a Concern

www.ceop.police.uk – Register school websites and browser safety tools

www.iwf.org.uk - Report illegal content

www.childline.org.uk – Support for children and young people

www.parentport.org.uk – Report inappropriate content

www.actionfraud.police.uk – Reporting Online Fraud

www.saferinternet.org.uk/helpline - Professional Online Safety Helpline

www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk – Revenge Porn Helpline

Kent Resources

www.kent.gov.uk/esafety - Kent County Council’s guidance and advice for Parents/carers

www.kent.police.uk/internetsafety - Kent Police’s guidance. Report to Kent Police via 101 or 999 if there is an immediate risk of danger

www.e-safety.org.uk - Kent Education Guidance

www.kentesafety.wordpress.com – Kent Education Safeguarding Team Online Safety blog (Education focused but helpful for all agencies)

Useful Links to share with Children, Young People and Parents/Carers

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.childnet.com

www.internetmatters.org.uk

www.parentinfo.org

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.nscpcc.org.uk/onlinesafety

www.net-aware.org.uk

www.commonsensemedia.org

www.parentsprotect.co.uk

www.getsafeonline.org

Support Organisations

www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk

www.lucyfaithfull.org

www.digital-trust.org