Jul 12

The KSCB working party are writing a guide for adults in Kirklees about being a “First responder” to an e-safety incident:

First-Response-to-eSafety-incidents-guidance-Vs5r41

which complements KSCB Safeguarding General Procedure and KSCB LADO Flowchart and the UK National helpline for professionals

You can email kscb.admin at kirklees.gov.uk if you have a particular e-safety concern you think others should be aware of or use the “contact us” form above.

In encouraging children to report e-safety incidents it is usual to promote the idea of telling a trusted adult, or alternatively a service run by trustworhty organisations such as

Cybermentors                                      Childline                                                Thinkyouknow

If you are responding to an incident involving data loss you may also want to refer to the ICOs guidance on whether formal notifcation is needed ICO guidance on data security breach management

Teachtoday gives some other useful contacts to help to report an incident to content providers and there is reference to Facebook on a separate page

Teachtoday useful contacts                                            Facebook troubles

OfCom give a link to a site where you can report fraud here

Jun 29

The helpline, the first specifically dealing with e-safety issues is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre   piloted for all professionals and volunteers in the South West of England who work with children and young people earlier this year has gone national.

By way of highlighting demand, a small online survey carried out by University of Plymouth suggests that online abuse of professionals (and volunteers) is significant with over 1 in 3 experiencing or witnessing an incident, and many not recieving a satisfactory resolution.

May 05

Following the advice given below the Facebook  help pages  have now been remodelled as a “Family safety centre” with additional links and information

“Richard Allen, European Director for Facebook advises…..

……. Facebook has been phasing out open mailers like abuse@ because they have became devalued for serious reports as people have increasingly used them for a lot of non-abuse related queries as the address became known over time. 

Anyone emailing this address should be getting a clear set of instructions on the proper ways to report things which generally involve making a report using a link on the relevant profile or item of content.

The relevant information is also available in the help centre.  The best place to start off for particular issues is generally http://www.facebook.com/safety

…..there is a description of how to deal with hacked accounts at http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1011 and the easiest thing in most cases is for the student to recover their account by simple tool at http://www.facebook.com/reset.php

If they are no longer able to access the original email account for the account or it has been changed there is a different process at http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1025

Facebook will be revising the links on Teachtoday to ensure that there are appropriate references to the help centre advice.

(Taken from safetynet advisory email)

Further advice and support to teachers can also be gained from most teaching unions.

If you are a Facebook user you may also be interested to read about recent changes to the privacy of the service that have been in May and in August  2010 or about the CEOP “bouncer” application for Facebook  you can download from here or an article about things you can do as a parent 

Mar 25

With OFSTED in formal settings and other governance structures taking e-safety more seriously it can be important to regularly test yourself and those adults and children you are resposnbile for about their knowlesdge of e-safety issues.

Ofsted Report on good e-safety practice

Regional and National inspection frameworks for schools which might be adapted for other settings are referenced from

NEN E-safety standards                                                        

SWGFL E-safety audit  including the “360Safe” accreditation scheme

Becta e-safe assessment  (updated) 

Behavioural questions are also included in the annual Tell Us survey and Health Related behaviour questionnaires. If you are registered you can also use the

ThinkYouKnow Questionnaires

More locally Sheffield’s questionnaire has been taken as one model to follow

Sep 27

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is marking its 2010 Awareness Day on Thursday 7 October.

The aim of the campaign is to reach out online and through the media to raise awareness of the IWF online hotline and work to minimise the availability of criminal online content.

If you are able to support this awareness raising initiative by featuring IWF advertising and information on websites, intranets, emails and newsletters, email media@iwf.org.uk for a range of multimedia material, information and advice on how to get involved.

Sep 13

The Hideout describes basic ways to remove online browsing history for very good reason and a more localised version of the same advice relating to domestic violence can be found here

Jan 27

The KSCB can run CEOP approved Half day courses on e-safety as well as locally recognised events.

You can find out more about taking the CEOP Professional development awards,  CEOP Ambassador one day course and official half day courses here: CEOP training.

There are also a number of  recognised vocational courses now on offer which include e-safety  (with no particular recommendation)

EPICT E-safety Awareness             SQA Internet Safety             Naace ICT