Keeping young people safe online

Internet safety is a concern for all of us and can feel a daunting problem to tackle.

We can work together to help young people learn to cope with the dangers as well as the benefits of being on-line.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any major concerns regarding the on-line safety of a young person.

Our staff take online safety very seriously and deal promptly with any issues which we are told about. We work closely with our community police officers to safeguard our students online.

For professionals and parents finding out that images and videos of abuse are being circulated by young people and adults on social media, it can be a stressful time and difficult to know what course of action to take immediately. Here are some clear steps to take and important things to remember.

1. Please never share a video or image depicting any kind of abuse involving children

2. Each time a video or image of abuse is shared it re-victimises the child and increases the likelihood of blackmail, feelings of self-blame and powerlessness

3. Report it to the platform it has been shared on e.g YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc

4. Report it to CEOP if it is an image or video of sexual abuse involving a child with a link to where the video or image is hosted e.g YouTube, Facebook.

5. If it’s not on a public platform and in only exists on a device ie. Phone, tablet. Once reported, with authorisation of CEOP or the Police, delete it from the device it has been sent to (if offender usernames are visible make note of them)

6. Encourage other people to report if it is being shared publicly

If you work in a school or college and are concerned about what to do with peer to peer sharing of sexual images or videos you can refer to the ‘Sexting in schools and colleges guidance’

If a parent or carer is worried about a child seeing inappropriate things online Thinkuknow/parents has more information.

Students at DGS discuss staying safe on-line in S1 Health and Wellbeing classes and in PSE classes for each year group.

You can also support your son or daughter to stay safe online. We recommend the practical ideas on this link and in the diagram below