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.