The ongoing development of technology, and in particular the internet, provides endless opportunities for adults, children and young people but at the same it also brings risks such as cyberbullying, identity theft and scams, exposure to pornography and other inappropriate sites, online grooming and exploitation.
e-Safer Suffolk aims to raise the awareness of e-safety issues with children, young people, families, vulnerable adults and those who work with them, to enable everyone to enjoy the internet safely.
Suffolk also has an Online e-Safety strategy and produces an annual cybersurvey for children and young people.
Further information about e-Safer Suffolk, the cybersurvey, online safety tools, resources, tips and advice, can be found on the e-Safer Suffolk page.
e-Safety Lead training
The e-safety leads training programme is delivered by the safeguarding service within Schools' Choice. The aim of this training is to enable people who take on this work to feel confident when dealing with online safety situations.
If you need to protect children online, Online Compass is a free simple tool that shows you what you need to do to make the use of technology safer for your group. It can help you to review and improve your group's online safety using expert advice.
For more information visit their website: Online Compass
Removing Images - YOTI App
Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online.
As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.
The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.
Below are details of online resources regarding this service:
NSPCC Sexting Advice - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.
Childline - Report an Image or Video – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the YOTI app to verify age.