Developments in internet technology present excellent opportunities for adults, children and young people. And children and young people increasingly take for granted their access to mobile devices.
This has lead to new risks that we need to address, for instance:
- online grooming
- exposure to pornography
- identity theft
e-Safer Suffolk aims to raise the awareness of children, young people, families, vulnerable adults and those who work with them, about e-safety issues and how to safely enjoy the internet.
If you provide services to children, young people and vulnerable adults, find out how your organisation can get involved and support your service users to share their online experiences and knowledge.
2016 cybersurvey results available
We received 3142 responses to our annual cybersurvey. Find out what young people have to say about their online experiences.
Worried that someone may be at risk online
If you have a concern about a child or vulnerable adult contact Customer First on 0808 800 4005. If you have an immediate concern dial 999.
If you're concerned about something that you've seen on the internet, or behaviour that your child has experienced whilst online you should report abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
The e-Safer Suffolk online safety strategy explains how organisations are working together to help you learn how to protect yourself and the adults and children that you care for, so that everyone can safely enjoy the benefits of the internet. The strategy is currently under review, and an updated version will be made available in February 2017.
A vital part of developing and maintaining an e-safety culture is to ensure that your organisation has an e-safety lead. This role needs to have the authority to call upon others in your organisation to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk of online abuse and harm.
e-Safety Lead training
The e-safety leads training programme is delivered by the safeguarding service within Schools' Choice. The aim is to enable people who take on this work to feel confident when dealing with online safety situations. All nominated e-safety leads within Suffolk should access the training as it provides a useful introduction to their role.
As part of the training you will be given a screening tool, developed in partnership with Suffolk Constabulary that gives information on how to respond to an incident within your organisation.