YOU WOULDN'T SAY IT IN REAL LIFE, SO WHY SAY IT ONLINE?
USEFUL LINKS & CONTACTS
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE: Call 999 in an emergency. For all other matters please visit WMPolice Online
EMERGENCY SMS SERVICE FOR DEAF, HARD OF HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED PEOPLE
In an emergency you can use your phone to contact the emergency services by texting 999.
You MUST register your mobile phone number before using this service. Just send the word ‘Register’ in a text message to the number 999 and follow the simple instructions you receive back.
You can also report via the safety centres on most social media sites (see below).
You can report online child abuse to:
CEOP - CHILD EXPLOITATION & ONLINE PROTECTION COMMAND
INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION
www.iwf.org.uk - takes reports from the public about potentially illegal images online
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk t. 0300 123 2040
REPORT AN IMAGE OR VIDEO
If you are under 18 and an explicit or nude image of you has been shared online, this page can confidentially
help you to get it removed. https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk/
REPORT HARMFUL CONTENT
Report Harmful Content is a national reporting centre that has been designed to assist everyone in reporting harmful content online https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
UK SAFER INTERNET CENTRE
This flowchart helps you decide which of UKSIC's 3 helplines can help with your issue
ONLINE HATE CRIME
If you perceive some online material to be motivated by hate and you think it originates in the UK, you should report it to the police, you can also report it here: https://www.met.police.uk/true-vision-report-hate-crime/hate-crime-online/
ONLINE SAFETY AND SAFEGUARDING DURING COVID-19
With many government departments and organisations releasing new guidance and resources to support you in safeguarding children online and offline during COVID-19, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. To help make life a little bit easier, CEOP have pulled together some key guidance , as well as organisations to support you: Find out more HERE
HOME OFFICE GUIDANCE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND CARERS TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online
GET SAFE ONLINE
Unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/
Cyber Crime Advice from the West Midlands Regional Cybercrime Unit: https://www.wmcyber.org/
NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE
The UK's independent authority on cyber security - Helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.
The site contains a wide range of information and advice for the general public, both individuals and families, the wider public sector, industry and SMEs . When incidents do occur, they provide effective incident response to minimise harm to the UK, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people https://kooth.com/
THINK U KNOW
For parents, practitioners, children and young people www.thinkuknow.co.uk
THE PROFESSIONALS ONLINE SAFETY HELPLINE
firstname.lastname@example.org 0344 381 4772 - (Mon- Fri 10.00 – 4.00)
If you’ve experienced cyber crime, you can contact the charity Victim Support for free and confidential support and information 01384 241511 or www.victimsupport.org.uk/live-chat or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk
Your guide to the social networks https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY CENTRES
For information support and advice about online grooming please visit: https://www.dudleysafeandsound.org/online-grooming
FAKE NEWS & MISINFORMATION ADVICE HUB
The Fake News & Misinformation Advice hub was created to help inform and educate parents and carers about fake news and misinformation it offers strategies to empower children and young people to recognise and report misinformation online: https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/fake-news-and-misinformation-advice-hub/
GAMING AND GAMBLING
For information support and advice about gaming and gambling please visit: https://www.dudleysafeandsound.org/gaming-and-gambling
Providing expert information to families, schools and family professionals. They create, curate and check the best available advice and information on all of the issues that are caused or amplified by the internet. https://parentzone.org.uk/
LEARNING DISABILITIES, AUTISM AND INTERNET SAFETY A GUIDE FOR PARENTS
All parents understand the importance of Internet safety. This guide outlines some suggestions to help you limit the risk of your child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. This guide also suggests resources that will help your child get the most out of the Internet.
The National crime agency have created a selection of interactive resources and games
that aim to introduce you to different aspects of Cyber Security https://cybergamesuk.com/cybergames
CBBC STAY SAFE https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/stay-safe
Helping victims of of digital and cyber abuse www.digital-trust.org/
EE: DIGITAL LIVING
Trusted local and national information, services and apps for children and young people in Dudley, in no more
than 3 clicks http://izone.org.uk/
National Cyber Security Centre approved website for checking passwords www.howsecureismypassword.net
Troy Hunt Microsoft – Website for checking email addresses for any compromised accounts, Data Breaches etc.
UK COUNCIL FOR INTERNET SAFETY
The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) is a collaborative forum through which government, the tech community and the third sector work together to ensure the UK is the safest place in the world to be online https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-council-for-internet-safety
Be careful what you share. Things aren’t always what they seem online. Just because a story appears online, doesn’t make it true. The internet is great, but it can also be used to spread disinformation in the form of misleading news and content. Discover the checklist here: https://sharechecklist.gov.uk/
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
ONLINE SAFETY GUIDANCE IF YOU OWN OR MANAGE AN ONLINE PLATFORM
New online safety legislation is coming which will aim to reduce online harms. If you own or manage an online platform which enables the upload or sharing of user generated content, you will have a legal duty to protect users against illegal content and to put in place measures to protect children.
This government guidance outlines how safe platform design can protect your users from online harms and prepare your business or organisation for future legislation.
DUDLEY ADULT COMMUNITY LEARNING
Digital Skills - Staying Safe Online : This course is designed for individuals with little or no experience of using a digital technology, those who are new to using the internet or those who need a refresher on Staying Safe Online.
You will learn basic skills such as how to recognise the risks associated with using the internet and the risks associated with using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), how to protect your identity online and understand what you can do as an individual to protect your pc, tablet or phone whilst online.
To register visit https://aclcoursesdudley.cognisoft.cloud/Course/Details/14993
DUDLEY SAFE AND SOUND, in conjunction with Dudley Grid for Learning and Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership, have developed a suite of Online Safety eLearning Courses. The courses are suitable for both the Adults and Childrens workforces across the borough and are free to book onto.
They consist of an introductory Level 1 course and 10 bite size Level 2 modules exploring: Disinformation Vs Misinformation; Online Abuse; Policing the Internet; Cyber Bullying; Gaming and Gambling; Emotional Health and Wellbeing; Live Streaming and Virtual relationships; Sexual Images; Hate Crime and Extreme Views and The Dark Web. Access these courses by visiting https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/elearning-list
THINKUKNOW offers a range of training courses for those who work directly with children and young people: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/training/
The NSPCC in association with CEOP (the child protection unit of the National Crime Agency): This eLearning course will help you to understand what children and young people do online, why they take risks and how to respond to these risks so you can feel confident in protecting the children you work with: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/training/online-safety
LOOKING AFTER YOUR SELF-IE
The Royal Society for Public HealthSPH has developed a free, open access e-learning Looking after your self-ie: A guide to finding your balance on and offline, which aims to help social media users to build a meaningful, more balanced relationship with platforms. The programme focuses on awareness-raising; encouraging meaningful use by educating users on the potential harms and benefits of social media. Relevant to members of the public of all ages, the resource explores social media’s impact on loneliness, relationships, self-image, self-esteem, sleep, online trolling and bullying.
Access the course here: https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-services/e-learning/courses/free-courses/looking-after-your-selfie.html
DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
For educational resources and session plans please visit:
A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS WHOSE CHILDREN ARE USING SOCIAL MEDIA
ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS FROM CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
ONLINE SAFETY - YOUNG PEOPLE
MISUSE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS
ONLINE SAFETY PLANNING TOOL
ONLINE CHALLENGES AND HOAXES AND APPS OF CONCERN - DUDLEY'S RESPONSE
While we work together to keep children, young people and adults in Dudley safe from harm, we need to be cognisant that some information that circulates in relation to risks may be misinformation, (false information, regardless of whether or not it's intended to mislead or deceive people) or disinformation, (false information which is intended to mislead).
Every so often, information about dangerous online challenges circulate that give concern about the impact these may have on our community. We need to be aware however, that often these challenges are no more than hoaxes and circulating such information can be counterproductive.
Developed by safe and sound in conjunction with Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership and based on Government guidance, this document outlines Dudley's recommended responses to online challenges and hoaxes and apps of concern
HARMFUL ONLINE CHALLENGES AND ONLINE HOAXES
The Department for Education (DfE), in collaboration with partners in the UK Council for Internet Safety Education subgroup and the Samaritans, has developed advice for schools and colleges to support their approach to harmful online challenges and online hoaxes. Other education settings may also find it useful.
SHARING NUDES AND SEMI-NUDES: ADVICE FOR EDUCATION SETTINGS WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Government guidance on responding to incidents and safeguarding children and young people. A one-page summary of how to respond to incidents is also available
Useful Information for Children, Young People, Parents and Carers on what sexting is and links for help and advice