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This section contains useful news and information on events related to Online Safeguarding.  This page is regularly updated so make sure to revisit and don't forget, you can also keep up-to-date with broader LSCB News and Information through the LSCB's Twitter feed using the link below.

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Date: June 2017

Sexting - LSCB Process guidance for Schools & Colleges

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The LSCB has developed a guidance resource to support Schools and Colleges in appropriately dealing with instances of Sexting in-line with the recommended UKCCIS guidance.  The guidance includes an A3-sized process guide, signposts to useful supporting resources and a number of FAQs and can be included in the Online Safety and Child Protection policies.  

The resource is freely available and can be downloaded from the Supporting Resources area in the Teachers & Professionals section of the website.

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Posted: July 2017

Stay Safe Online over Summer

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As the Summer holiday period begins, many children and young people will often spend an increased amount of time online. This resource has been developed to support Paretns & Carers in managing various online challenges over the Summer break with useful information and tips.

Further details about safer online behaviours over summer can be found in the Focus On... section of the site with a standalone downloadable version available from the Parents & Carers section.

 

 
 
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 Posted: June 2017

LSCB 7-Minute Briefing: Sexting

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In addition to the process guidance highlighted above, the LSCB have also produced a 7-Minute Briefing (7MB) on Sexting.  The highly-popular 7MB series provides professionals with a snapshot of specific safeguarding areas which can be delivered as part of team briefings in a short, sharp update.  You can find the 7MB on Sexting along with others in the series in the Learning and Development section of the website.

 

 
 
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Date: May 2017

NSPCC & O2 Share Aware Update

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The NSPCC & O2 have released additional resources to further develop their Share Aware campaign aimed at supporting families to talk about their child’s online world.  The updated resources include e-mail updates, family agreements, step-by-step advice and a variety of useful teaching resources.  The update also includes a new supporting video (Be Share Aware) which can be found on the NSPCC’s YouTube Channel.

Find out more about the Share Aware update and access the resources and video in the Parents & Carers section of the website.

 
 
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Posted: April 2017

The Guardian:  Article on the relationship between time spent on social networks and happiness

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A Guardian newspaper article highlighting research from the University of Sheffield exploring the link between the amount of time young people spend on Social Networks and their happiness.  The research questioned 4,000 young people and asked them to rate how happy they were with different aspects of their lives.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/09/social-networks--children-chat-feel-less-happy-facebook-instagram-whatsapp 

 

 
 
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Posted: April 2017

Home Office issues guidance for young people about indecent images

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The Home Office has published guidance to support Young People in understanding the law on making or sharing indecent images of children including 3 short film clips highlighting the harm that viewing indecent images can have.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/indecent-images-of-children-guidance-for-young-people/indecent-images-of-children-guidance-for-young-people

 
 
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Posted: April 2017

Online Grooming: Flaw-in-the-Law Campaign - Update

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The UK Government has enacted a law that makes it illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children.  Whilst similar legislation has been in place in Scotland over the last 6 years, it has not been in place in the UK and Wales up to now.  The NSPCC’s ‘flaw-in-the-law’ campaign was started back in 2014 and comes into effect from 3rd April 2017.  It covers both online and offline communications, including e-mails, social media and letters and any adult caught breaking the law will face up to two years in prison and automatic placement on the Sex Offenders Register.

You can find out more about the changes along with guidance about what to do if you suspect your child may have received such a message from the NSPCC site at: www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/flaw-law

 
 
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Posted: March 2017

BBC article highlighting disturbing trend of YouTube videos popular with children

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A BBC news article highlighting videos hosted on YouTube that can trick children by posing as popular cartoon characters but which may contain inappropriate or disturbing content.  The article also contains some useful tips on how to avoid inappropriate videos on YouTube using the in-built settings.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-39381889

 
 
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Posted: March 2017

LEGO Life – A Social Networking app designed for U-13s

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LEGO have launched a LEGO Life, a Social Network app designed for children under 13 years old and users require a LEGO ID which requires a parent’s e-mail address for approval.  User avatars are created using LEGO and communication is only through the use of emojis.  Usernames are randomly generated and parents will be pleased to know there are no in-app purchases.  LEGO Life can be a useful first step to Social Networking for under-13s although it remains important that children are made aware that not everyone online is who they say they are.

Childnet have produced a useful article about LEGO Life (see: www.childnet.com/blog/what-is-lego-life) and you can access the Lego Life site via: www.lego.com/en-gb/life

 
 
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Posted: March 2017

Telegraph article: House of Lords call for Digital Literacy to be taught alongside the ‘three Rs’

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Outlined in this article from The Telegraph, the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications highlights in its 'Growing Up with the Internet' report that teaching young people about the internet should be as important as teaching them about reading, writing and arithmetic.  The Committee has said that teaching children about online responsibilities, social norms and risks should be included in mandatory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons.  You can find the Telegraph article at:  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/21/children-should-learn-digital-literacy-alongside-rs-peers-say

The full 100-page Select Committee Report can be found at: www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201617/ldselect/ldcomuni/130/130.pdf

 
 
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Posted: March 2017

NSPCC Report on Social Media Age Limits

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Research from the NSPCC suggests Parents and Carers often don’t know whether their children are old enough to use Social Networks.  This article from the NSPCC highlights some concerns and where families can find out more information.

See: www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/social-media-age-limit

 
 
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Posted: March 2017

CEOP Video Resources – Multi-lingual support  

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CEOP have a range of excellent high-quality videos supporting different aspects of Online Safety.  With growing numbers of children and their parents for whom English may be a second language, CEOP have reflected this by updating their videos with a range of languages including Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi and Welsh.  CEOP have added these to their YouTube channel which can be found at: www.youtube.com/user/ceop/videos

 
 
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Posted: March 2017

Childline ‘For Me’ counselling app for Young People

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Childline, in partnership with Barclays, has launched a new app to provide counselling to young people through their smartphone.  The app, named ‘For Me’ and invented by four teenagers, allows users to interact with all Childline’s online services including: 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor; ‘Ask Sam’ problem pages and a private ‘locker’ area where they can have their own daily mood tracker and write down personal thoughts.

Find out more about the ‘For Me’ app and download at: www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/childline-launches-new-app

 
 
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Posted: February 2017

LSCB Online Safety Governance Checklist Resource

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Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board are pleased to announce the release of a new Online Safety Governance Checklist Tool.  The tool, developed in collaboration with Governor colleagues across the region, is in the form of a series of checklist recommendations and is intended to support Governors and School Leadership Teams in addressing Online Safety provision and supporting those responsibilities identified in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 statutory guidance. 

Find out more and download the resource in the Teachers & Professionals section of the website.

 
 
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Posted: February 2017

YouTube content - New 'YouTube Kids' App

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YouTube have released an official App designed for children which can be useful in helping families to manage content children see.  The app is available via the link below which includes a 'YouTube Kids' Parental Guide and can be downloaded free from both the Google Play and Apple App Stores.

Find out more about 'YouTube Kids' via the Parents & Carers section of the site.

 
 
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Posted: February 2017

Ofcom: Online Content Worksheet for 8-11 year olds

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Ofcom, the UK's Communications Regulator, have produced a useful worksheet resource to link in with Safer Internet Day 2017.  The worksheet builds upon their 'Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes' research and helps to encourage children to consider their own online activity in comparison.  The resource is designed to be used in school or at home with parents to prompt discussions about online activity.

You can find the resource via the link in the Teachers & Professionals section of the site.

 
 
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Posted: February 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017: Education Packs now available

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Safer Internet Day 2017 is almost upon us with this year’s theme being ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.  Safer Internet Day 2017 takes place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 and to support organisations across the country, our colleagues at the UK Safer Internet Centre have created Education Packs and TV resources for 5-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and Parents and Carers. 

Find out more about the Education Packs and download the freely available resources via the Teachers & Professionals section of the site.

 

 
 
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Posted: January 2017

BBC News item highlights how UK Parents often struggle managing children's time online

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A BBC news article highlighting the challenges often faced by many parents and carers when trying to manage children's time online.  The article refers to a survey conducted by Action for Children with a number of statistics and tips for families to consider.  You can read the article at:

www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35231455

 
 
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Posted: January 2017

Children's Commissioner highlights children unknowingly signing over digital rights

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The Children's Commissioner for England has released 'Growing Up Digital', a report which highlights a number of concerns and suggests recommendations including developing Digital Resilience and empowering children to make informed choices about the Terms and Conditions of the services they use.  

Further information on the report can be found on the Children's Commissioner's website at: www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publications/growing-digital

 
 
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Posted: December 2016

Tech Gadgets and Gifts at Christmas

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Our colleagues at the UK Safer Internet Centre have produced some useful and timely advice around tech gifts for children over the festive season.  The advice includes some top online safety tips to consider including safety features available on smartphones, tablets and games consoles plus advice around parental controls on the home internet connection and internet-connected toys.  They also have a useful 'Parent's Guide to Technology' resource highlighting useful considerations on a variety of devices including Smart TVs.  A link to the Christmas advice can be found in the Parents & Carers section of the site.

 
 
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Posted: December 2016

Sextortion: Guidance from the National Crime Agency (NCA)

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The use of technology to send explicit images or videos is not a new issue and 'Sexting' in particular is often considered a fairly 'mundane' activity by Young People.  However, related awareness of Sextortion and its impact is not widely considered and is a form of blackmail affecting all ages where criminals use fake identities to 'friend' victims online and persuade them to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam which can have a devastating impact.  

The NCA have provided some useful guidance and a supporting video to raise awareness of Sextortion which can be found at: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/960-help-available-for-webcam-blackmail-victims-don-t-panic-and-don-t-pay

 

 
 
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Posted: November 2016

CEOP: Play, Like, Share - New Resource

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A brand new three-episode animated series which aims to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they may encounter online.  The films and sessions aim to give children knowledge, skills and confidence and also include further extension sessions designed to be delivered to particularly risk-taking or vulnerable children.  The resource pack also contains guidance, photocopiable workbooks and engagement materials.  Links to the Play, Like, Share resource can be found via the Supporting Resources in the Teachers & Professionals section of the site. 

 
 
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Posted: November 2016

CSM: 5 Online Bullying Tips - Clip

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In support of Anti-Bullying Week 2016, this clip from Common Sense Media (CSM) highlights 5 usefil tips for Parents & Carers to support dealing with Online Bullying. The guidance, in the form of a 90 second YouTube video, can be found in the Parents & Carers section of the site.

 
 
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Posted: November 2016

O2 / NSPCC: NetAware - A guide to Social Media apps

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A really useful resource guide to help adults stay up to date with the social networks children use.  The resource highlights various popular social media apps and provides an explanation of what it is, age ratings, why it is popular and points to be aware of.  Links to the resource can be found in the Parents & Carers section of the site.Highly Recommended (Mouse ) Sml

 
 
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Posted: November 2016

UKCCIS: Governor Questions Guidance

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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) have released guidance for Governors when addressing Online Safety provision in Schools and Colleges. The guidance, in the form of 5 suggested questions from Governors, can be found via the Teachers & Professionals resources section of the site.

 
 
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Posted: October 2016

LSCB Making Sense of...Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2016

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LSCB guidance developed for Schools and Colleges across the Lancashire region on the Online Safeguarding aspects of the DfE statutory guidance KCSIE 2016.

KCSIE places a significant emphasis around the online aspects of Safeguarding provision - this guidance highlights Online Safeguarding extracts from KCSIE, recommendations for progression and suggested supporting resources.

Find out more and download the resource in the Teachers & Professionals section of the website.

 

 
 
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Posted: October 2016

iOS10 Update: New Features to be aware of

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Apple have released their latest update which contains a number of features it is useful to be aware of.  Colleagues at Childnet have compiled a guide to the update which can be found at: http://www.childnet.com/blog/ios10-new-features 

 
 
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Posted: October 2016

HMC Research: Teenage Use of Mobile Devices at Night

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HMC in partnership with Digital Awareness UK (DAUK) has conducted a survey of 2,750 pupils aged 11-18, looking into teenage use of mobile devices overnight.  The results provide a useful insight into the impact on young people's health & wellbeing - read more about the research at: http://www.hmc.org.uk/blog/research-teenage-use-mobile-devices-night/

 
 
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Posted: October 2016

Digital Parenting - Issue 5 now available

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The Parent Zone in association with Vodafone have released the latest version of the highly recommended Digital Parenting magazine.  The resource is free to access online and hardcopies can be ordered free by Schools. Highly Recommended (Mouse ) Sml

View the latest edition at: http://parentzone.org.uk/projects/digital-parenting-magazine

 
 
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Posted: October 2016

Cyberbullying, Haters & Trolls - Common Questions Answered

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Online Bullying (also known as Cyberbullying) is one of the most common online concerns raised by Children and Young People.  Common Sense Media (US-based organisation) have produced some useful guidance around Cyberbullying, Haters and Trolls, answering a variety of common questions.  You can access the guidance at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying

 
 

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Posted: September 2016

National Anti-Bullying Week 2016

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National Anti-Bullying Week is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and in 2016, will take place on 14th - 18th November.  Each year has a specific theme and for 2016, this is 'Power for Good'.  Find out more about Anti-Bullying Week from the Anti-Bullying Alliance at:

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/

 
 
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Posted: September 2016

CEOP Parent & Carer Resources

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CEOP, through their highly recommended Think U Know (TUK) programme, provide some excellent advice and resources for Parents & Carers to protect children online.  Their dedicated Parents section gives a wide variety of guidance and practical advice and has seen a number of excellent updates over recent months.  You can access the TUK Parents section at: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

 
 
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August 2016

SMS Fraud Alert ! - Fake text message targeting Parents

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A particularly distressing text messaging scam is in operation which involves the victim receiving a text message from a loved-one which says they are in hospital and the only way that they can make contact is via text message.

Find out more information about this fraud from the ActionFraud website at:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/fake-text-messages-targeting-parents-jul16

 
 
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August 2016

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

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The revised statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' has been released and is due to come into effect from 5th September 2016.  The revised guidance places significant emphasis on Online Safety and the statutory requirements of Schools and Governing Bodies.  Further information about the guidance can be found in the Teachers & Professionals section of the site.

 

 
 

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