Safeguarding Children in a Digital World
"Swimming pools can be dangerous for children. To protect them, one can install locks, put up fences and deploy pool alarms. All of these measures are helpful, but by far the most important thing that one can do for one’s children is teach them to swim." (within the Byron Report - ‘Safer Children in a Digital World’ 2008)
Sefton Local Safeguarding Children’s Board [LSCB] recognise as the use of digital communications technology has grown, so too have the benefits and the risks that children now come into contact with on a daily basis. It has become the case that the online world has become firmly integrated into the lives of young people with most not making any distinction between their online and offline lives.
Ofsted Review of Sefton LSCB (2016) stated:
"The SSCB has undertaken good work on awareness raising and safeguarding in relation to e-safety and bullying. Initiatives include ‘bullybusters’, which has a local helpline, organises an anti-bullying conference and supports peer mentoring across schools. It has recently received an award as an anti-bullying special educational needs champion from the Department for Education. A quarterly report is produced specifically for e-safety."
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS online safety minimum standards
There is a wealth of information available to support keeping children safe online. View the attached list of useful resources (which is not exhaustive) but should provide a useful starting point:
List of Useful Resources
Social Media Library
Set up Safe Checklist - "internetmatters.org"