Safeguarding Children:

E-Safeguarding

What is E-safeguarding?

E-safeguarding is about keeping safe online, by being careful what information you share online, especially with people you don't know, understanding privacy settings on social networking sites and knowing how to report any inappropriate behaviour such as bullying or inappropriate conversations.

Technology offers us many different ways to communicate and socialise with both people we know and people we don't, anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night, 365 days a year. The internet can be accessed via computers and laptops, games consoles and smart phones. We are able to share our thoughts, photos, videos, and make these available for the viewing and comment of others. We can play games and chat with people we've never met, and never will in the real world. This has now become a part of everyday life, especially for young people, and while it opens up numerous opportunities and  benefits, and is revolutionising the way we communicate with friends, it also carries risks such as abuse, bullying, fraud and identity theft.

BSCB is a member of the Pan Lancashire eSafeguarding group, and regulary run esafeguarding training for professionals - see the training section of the website for details of upcoming courses.

Pan Lancashire eSafety Strategy

Social Media Policy

The purpose of this guidance is to provide a building block for organisations to develop their own advice and guidance about safer working practice in relation to social media, keeping personal and professional lives separate, keeping safe when using electronic media and adopting responsible behaviour that should protect staff from putting themselves and their career at risk.

Blackpool Social Media Policy for those working with Children and Young People

Further Information and Resources

Sexting

Sexting has been defined as the "exchange of sexual messages or images" and "creating, sharing and forwarding sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images".

Young people may also call it:

  • Cybersex
  • Sending a nudie, picture or selfie

'Sexting' is more common than you may think, and has been found to be commonplace amongst children and young people. There were over 1,200 ChildLine counselling sessions that mentioned 'sexting' in 2014/15. (NSPCC, 2015). Most young people do not see 'sexting' as a problem and are reluctant to talk to adults about it because they are afraid of being judged or having their phones taken away.

The following 2 studies have been conducted by the NSPCC

Qualitative study of children, young people and 'sexting'

Sexting: An Exploration of Practices, Attitudes and Influences

Other Sexting Resources:

Zipit 

ChildLine has developed an app for young people, which is designed to help them diffuse pressures on them to send an explicit image. The app, called Zipit, offers witty images to send instead of explicit ones and provides advice on how to engage in safe chat and what to do if you are threatened.The App is available for IOS, Android and Blackberry.

Zipit App

Referrals for eSafeguarding Issues

Flow chart to help you know what to do if you become aware of unsuitable or illegal content online.

eSafety Flow Chart online