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Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board

Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board

Email: safeguardingboard@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8314 3396

Staying Safe On-line

The internet is a great way for children and young people to connect with others and learn new things. It’s important that they learn how to do this safely.

Parents and carers guide their children in how to behave in order to keep themselves safe and not do harm to others in the real world. As children and young people are spending more time on-line, we need to do the same for them in the virtual world.

Children and young people go on-line for a variety of reasons, including:

  • to search for information or content on search engines
  • share images and watch videos through websites or mobile apps
  • use social networking websites
  • write or reply to messages on forums and message boards
  • play games along or with others through websites, apps or games consoles
  • chat with other people through on-line games, messenger apps, games consoles, webcams, social network, and other instant communication tools

There are lots of benefits for children and young people in going on-line, and also some risks. These include:

  • exposure to and sharing of explicit material (including sexting)
  • grooming
  • radicalisation
  • identity theft
  • cyber-bullying
  • exploitation
  • cyber-hacking

It’s important that parents and carers talk with their children about what they are doing on-line and how to avoid and deal with these risks

Top tips for safe on-line behaviour are:

  • Think about what you share on-line: check privacy settings and avoid posting information that gives people you don’t know clues about where you live
  • Think before you post: don’t post anything you might regret later or that will harm someone else
  • Never share or reveal your passwords
  • Be careful who you talk to: don’t share personal information, including your phone number, with someone you don’t know
  • On-line friends are still strangers; if you are thinking about meeting up with them talk to an adult you trust first about how you can stay safe

Take the Free online 30 minute course

Aims & Objectives:

Target Audience:        Parents and Carers of Children and Young People in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

What do children do online?  What are the risks? How can I keep children safe online?  This course looks at the risks associated with online and mobile technology and demonstrates ways that you can help create a safer digital environment for children and young people.

  • Know the risks associated with mobile and online technology.
  • Know how to tackle these risks.

The two links used for the Lewisham training portal are:

  1. For new users, the self-registration link is: https://lewisham.melearning.university/course_centre (registration key is @Lewisham) – once you send off a request, you will receive a welcome email containing your log in details usually within 24 hours.
  2. For users who already have an account, the log in link is https://lewisham.melearning.university/user/login (please write down your login and password and keep it safe)

NSPCC On-line Safety has advice and tools to help keep your child safe online.

Think You Know provides advice on online parenting.  There is also further information at Think You Know training.

Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP)

CEOP is there to support young people, parents and carers while surfing online, and offers help and advice on topics such as:
•    cyberbullying
•    hacking
•    harmful content

It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour.
For more information, or to report concerns, simply click on the CEOP Icon

CEOP

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