Online Safety

 

“Our children and young people are growing up in a digital world. They are embracing technology, which continues to form an essential component of their lives.  As professionals, it is our responsibility to understand the lives of our young people, both offline and online. We must appreciate their love of social media, acknowledge the ‘appification’ of their generation, and equip ourselves with the skills and knowledge required to help our children to successfully manage online risk.  

Professionals alone cannot keep children safe online. Essential to any online safety intervention is the involvement of children and young people, the education of parents and carers, and of course, the empowerment of professionals to make a positive contribution to the online lives of our children.”

James Down, Ethos Interventions – Independent Trainer

The purpose of this sexting briefing sheet is to give schools and other youth settings a framework for dealing with “sexting”: Sexting Briefing Sheet
The UK Safer Internet Centre provides lots of e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet UK Safer Internet Centre

CEOP – https://www.ceop.police.uk

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Internet Matters – http://www.internetmatters.org/

Local Research

The MKSB undertook a research project in collaboration with the University of Chester to investigate online risk, harm and vulnerability amongst secondary school students. The project was developed to provide an overview of the specific risks facing children and young people within Milton Keynes, with the aim of using the results to guide local awareness raising initiatives and future interventions. 

The research involved asking students to complete an anonymous, online survey and has been designed to enable completion during routine lessons or tutorials.

What the research told us:

The majority of (surveyed) Young People in Milton Keynes want their Parents to talk to them about ‘Online Safety”

Find more information here soon …

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