Developments in technology and online behaviour provide a wealth of opportunities but also new areas of risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults, including online abuse, sexual exploitation, exposure to explicit material, radicalisation, identity theft, grooming, cyber-bullying, self-harm and suicide.
It is therefore crucial that Oxfordshire has a plan in place to empower children, young people and vulnerable adults to use technology safely and to safeguard them from harm. This includes empowering those who work with them to have access to advice, information, guidance and resources and to raise their awareness about potential areas of risk and how to address them.
Please see the: OSCB E-safety action plan 2015 – 2016 for more information
To support professionals working with children and young people, the OSCB run free one day E-safety courses three times a year. For further details of courses please follow the link to the OSCB training portal. https://oscb.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/
For a comprehensive overview of E-safety and cyberbullying and links to all key resources please see:
• Oxfordshire E-safety and Cyberbullying toolkit – updated August 2016 (pdf format, 314Kb)
Further information for professionals can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council schools intranet
• Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children. Online abuse can be reported here
CEOP’s E-safety advice divided up by age range.
Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
• UK Safer Internet Centre
Information for Parents and Carers
• For information on how to keep children and young people safe when using the internet, please visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/internet-safety-advice
• Further advice for Parents and Carers on the OSCB web pages