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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.

This section links to KSCB resources as well as guidance to enable multi-agency staff to consider online safety within their safeguarding responsibilities and develop and implement a single and multi-agency approach to online safety.

KSCB Online Safety Strategy

This strategy defines role and responsibilities of KSCB partners in preventing, tackling and responding to online safety for children, young people and their families. To view the document please follow the below link:

Safer Practice with Technology for Professionals

This guidance assists professionals to make informed decisions when working with children, young people and their families to ensure their use of technology is safe and appropriate. To view the document please follow the below link:

KSCB Sexting Guidance for Professionals

This guidance is for all agencies working with children and young people that may need to respond to sexting incidents or youth produced sexual imagery. To view the document and flowchart please follow the below link:

National Sexting Guidance for Professionals

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is a group of more than 200 professionals from across a variety of organisations that work in partnership to keep children safe online and have published national guidance on Sexting, providing advice for schools and colleges

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.theparentzone.co.uk

www.getsafeonline.org

Support Organisations

www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk

www.lucyfaithfull.org

www.digital-trust.org