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Online Safety-information for professionals

The TWSCB produces briefing notes relating to the use of games or apps, all of which are available for download and sharing within your networks. 

Smart devices 

Smart devices promise to make our lives easier and, in the majority of cases, they do. However, as with all forms of technology, there are risks associated with the use of these devices. In this day and age, you can have a smart device to perform functions such as turning a washing machine on and off, controlling the temperature of your heating, or purchasing items from Amazon, for example, without having to lift a finger. Whether you are using a device to record your shopping list or controlling your lights through a smart system, the functions can be hacked and controlled by others outside of your home. 

National Online Safety have produced a '14 Top Tips to get smart about the devices in your home' briefing note, which is available to download in either a JPEG or PDF format

Schools have recently issued a warning of the use of Snapchat Map and how it can put children at risk. You can view the video from BBC here. You can also download a Parent's Guide to Snapchat here.

Here are some useful links for professionals to get more information about online safety:

NSPCC Have a wide range of resources for parents/carers about online safety.
PREVENT Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Keeping Children Safe in Education Documents released by Department for Education to assist practitioners.
CEOP Reporting abuse and links to Think-U-Know resources.
SWLG Provide resources and advice for online safety.
Facebook's Safety Centre Advice for teachers and parents/carers.

Get Safe Online

The UK's leading awareness resource helping protect people, finances, devices and businesses from fraud, abuse and other issues encountered online.

IWF

IWF is an organisation working with the internet industry, police and Government

National Bullying Helpline Support for adults.
Childline ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small.

Cyber Bullying

A new website launched by HM Government. Be Cyber Streetwise is a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme, and delivered in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors. The campaign is lead by the Home Office, working closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office. We aim to measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs). On this website we’ve collected links to all the great resources produced by partners, helping you find the information you need to protect yourselves, your families and your businesses.
Childnet International Information to keep your child safe online
NCA The NCA has identified that there is an increase of young people engaging in cybercrime.
UK Safer Internet Centre  Where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Lucy Faithfull The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused.
NSPCC- net aware A guide to social networks that kids use.  
Facebook- 5 Things to Avoid  BBC News article on 'Facebook: Five things to avoid'