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									Safeguarding Children Online

 e-Safety Awareness and Kent’s Journey

Rebecca Avery – E-Safety Officer, Kent County Council
    Why are we here?
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                What is e-Safety?
• E-Safety is concerned with safeguarding children and
  young people in the digital world

• E-safety is not about restricting children, but educating
  them about the risks as well as the benefits so they can
  feel confident and happy online

• It is about being educated ourselves to be able to
  support and help young people

• Digital Divide = “Digital Natives” vs “Digital Immigrants”
        How much do you know?
• What is IM?
• What does ‘F2F’mean?
• What does “ASL” mean?
• How old should you be to have a bebo account?
• What does “POS” mean?
• Can it be a criminal offence to send someone a
  threatening message?
• 1 in ? children have met someone face to face that they
  met online?
    How do we use the internet?
             Benefits                          Risks
• Access to Global information
• Educational Resources                • Content
• Entertainment, games and fun!
• Communication with friends/family    • Contact
• User generated content production
• Personal/Social/Health advice        • Conduct
• Networking and friendships: Sense
  of Community
• Privacy for expression of Identity
• Accessible
• Develops Key skills:
   – Communication
   – Collaboration
Byron Review – The Risks
       Experiences of Children and
              Young People
• 80% of 5-16 year olds have internet access at
  – 50% have broadband
  – 93% have a PC at home – one-third have their own
  – 80% have their own TV – and 70% have their own
    DVD player
  – Almost 60% have their own MP3 player
  – Two-thirds own a mobile phone
The Online World is the Child’s World!
What can we find out from a Social
      Networking account...
• What is Cyberbullying?
  "Cyberbullying" is the use of Information Communication
    Technology (ICT) particularly mobile phones and the
    internet, to deliberately upset someone.

                                              DCFS 2007
• What makes Cyberbullying different?
  –   Impact
  –   Location
  –   Anonymity
  –   Target and Perpetrators
  –   Motivation
  –   Evidence
                  Kent’s Context
• One of the largest Local Authorities in the UK

• Population of 327,000 children and young people

• Mix of rural and urban areas, affluence and deprivation

• 603 educational establishments including 33 Grammar
                   Mark Bedford

• Mark Bedford, aka Supalover666,
  aged 21 from Ontario, Canada

• Canadian police inquiry involving
  Kent Police which began after the
  computers of 42 girls aged
  between 9 and 14 were hacked

• Subsequently sentenced for 3
  years imprisonment                  Who’s this?
                 E-Safety in Kent

• e-Safety Strategy group

• e-Safety Officer

• e-Safety Conferences
                  Kent and CEOP
• Piloted CEOP education programme “Thinkuknow” for
  children and young people in 2006

• Rolled out to:
   – All 105 Secondary Schools
   – Youth Workers – repeat this year
   – All Kent Police Safer Schools Partnership Coordinators
   – Kent Libraries Families Services Team
   – TUK training is on the Kent Safeguarding Children
     Board Training Calendar
   – Primary Training being developed by Advisory Service
     and e-Safety Officer
                 Parental Awareness
• Staff Training to those who
  support parents across agencies

• Training to Foster Carers

• Schools
   – Parents evenings by e-Safety officer
   – working with young people to present
     to parents
   – Encouraging schools to tie in with
     other events

• Delivery to offices and

• Leaflets
Joint working with Kent Police
             • Kent Police Posters
             • Joint Training
             • “Be Safe e-Safe” DVD
“ Everything that's already in the world when you're
   born is just normal…

 Anything that gets invented between then and
 before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and
 creative and with any luck you can make a career
 out of it…

  Anything that gets invented after you're thirty is
  against the natural order of things and the
  beginning of the end of civilization as we know it
  until it's been around for about ten years when it
  gradually turns out to be alright really”

                                        Douglas Adams
                       What can we do?
• Be aware:
    – e-Safety is a safeguarding, not technology issue
    – Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility
    – “Protecting children whilst they are in our care and educating
      them for when they are not”
• Schools could:
   – Have an e-Safety Policy and a designated e-Safety
   – Teach e-Safety across the curriculum – ICT, PSHE, English, History etc and
     as an ongoing topic from KS1 onwards
   – Involve and engage with the home where possible!
   – Have AUP/Code of Conduct to protect staff and pupils
   – Educate all staff and ensure they are aware of policies and procedures and
     update annually
   – Consider what support there is for staff in the event of a disclosure (e-
     Safety and Cyberbullying) and ensure there is a clear reporting
                  Useful Resources
     •   Hector’s World – 5 – 7
     •   CyberCafe – 8 – 10
     •   ThinkuKnow – 11-16
     •   Parent/Carer
     •   Teacher/Trainer

               • Lets fight it together &
                 Classroom materials
               • Interactive game
               • Laugh at it, you’re part of
               • guidance for dealing with
                 Cyberbullying for Schools:
                 Safe to learn
                  – Full Guidance
                  – Summary
                  – Supporting School Staff
                    Kent Resources



 Thank you and questions

      Rebecca Avery

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