Safeguarding - Internet Safety Advice
The Internet is a great way to stay in touch, learn and have fun, but when using it we can leave ourselves at risk of illegal activities, abuse or exploitation. The advice here can help to keep you safe online.
Basildon Council believes that everyone should be able to use the Internet without fear of being subject to illegal activity, such as fraud, exploitation or abuse.
Anyone can be at risk of illegal activity, exploitation or abuse when connected to the Internet and our "online safety" is something we should all take very seriously.
There is a lot of information available on the subject of online safety and the following links provide an ideal starting point:
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)- UK's national police agency for protecting young people online.
- Make a report to one of CEOP's experienced Child Protection Advisors- if you are worried about someone's behaviour towards you online.
- Childline - Blocking and reporting bullying on social networks.
- Childnet International- a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
- Cyber Aware- HM Government website helping individuals and small businesses stay secure online.
- Essex Police - Internet crime advice
- Get Safe Online- UK's leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.
- Get Safe Online, safeguarding children- easy-to-understand information on online safety for children.
- KidSMART- A site from Childnet International with all sorts of information about being smart online.
- Metropolitan Police - Internet Safety Advice
- NSPCC- Report an explicit child image or a child abuse image online.
- The Internet Watch Foundation- UK hotline taking reports anonymously and confidentially of criminal online content. It deals with child sexual abuse imagery, criminally obscene adult content and non-photographic child sexual abuse imagery (such as computer generated images and videos). It works with the online industry to remove this imagery from the Internet. You can make reports anonymously.
- Think U Know- Information for young people between the ages of 5-16, parents and resources for professionals to teach Internet safety.