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Online Safety

Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (OSCP) works in partnership with the other Peninsula SCB’s to tackle the challenges of online safety.

It acknowledges that online and e-safety plays a significant role in protecting children and young people from sexual exploitation. The Peninsula Safeguarding Children Boards have a current strategy in place to protect children and young people on line.

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What is meant by online safety:

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCISS):

  • Creating a safer online environment
  • Giving everyone the skills, knowledge and understanding to help children and young people stay safe online
  • Inspiring safe and responsible use and behaviours

Technology is integral to the lives of children and young people.  The internet, other digital information and communication technologies can promote creativity and assist with the development of key social skills. Conversely, it can also provide a medium whereby inappropriate mail such as pornography and abusive images can filter through, cyber bullying can take place and on line grooming by predators can occur.  These are just some of the potential risks for children and young people.

The OSCP pledge to highlight:

  • The risks about potential hazards when using technology
  • The risks of how others may behave online, what the dangers are of sharing personal details and unsafe meeting arrangements
  • Making clear what the rules are for lawful, safe and responsible online activity - including the making and sharing of images
  • What steps to take and where to report an online incident

There is an equal consideration for the adults who have children and young people in their lives, be it professionals, parents, carers or members of the public - 'Safeguarding is everyone’s business'.

The OSCP pledge to highlight:

  • The risks associated with the internet, games, phones and other technologies
  • Make clear the guidance for lawful behaviour and safe practice for adults on line
  • Provision of hyperlinks to appropriate and trusted information on understanding controls to keep children and young people safe

There is an online conceptual framework for professional consideration when assessing the needs of a child or young person, whilst discussing with them their online use and how it may impact upon them.

Further information on staying safe online and via digital media can be found via the following.

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