Brighton & Hove LSCB
Safer Internet Day Briefing

February 2017



Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7 February with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK. 

As well as being aware of the risks that children & young people may encounter in the digital world, we can help create a better internet by equipping them with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. Find out more and how you can get involved at or follow #SID2017 on social media.

How well do you know internet slang? 

You may understand what it means to LOL but would you worry if a young person was writing KMS, ASL or MIA? Young people are growing up with technology, and when they communicate online they often use language many older people don’t understand. Time-saving acronyms and emojis are frequently used on the internet and in texts, but do you know when they are signifying something more sinister? 

Test your knowledge with a quick quiz from BT on words and phrases young people use when chatting online here or use Internet Matter's Texting Dictionary to help you decipher terms you don't understand  

Safety Rocks! 

This term's Safety Rocks newsletter for parents, produced in association with Safety Net, is a special edition for Safer Internet Day and contains information on staying safe online as well as tips for families to get a better balance with screen time. Copies were distributed to parents through book-bags in most of the city's primary schools and it can be read online here. If there is anything you would like to see in a future edition please contact us at 

The Power of Image 

The sub-theme for this year's Safer Internet Day is ‘The Power of Image’, focusing on the ways that we use images and videos online to communicate and share messages, to entertain and to learn.

It is becoming increasingly common for children and young people to communicate online using photos and videos. Many new social networks, apps and services have become popular with young people over the last few years because of the ease with which they allow users to create, edit and share their photos and videos.Statistics show just how popular image creation and sharing is:
  • Images and videos get 8,500 likes and 1,000 comments per second on Instagram
  • 1.8 million images are uploaded to the internet every day
  • 400 million snaps (photos) are sent on Snapchat every day
  • On Instagram, photos showing faces are 38% more likely to get ‘likes’ than photos without faces.
  • 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day
Images and videos shared online contain a lot of information that can affect young people in a number of ways. Sharing photos online can be an extremely positive and empowering experience for children and young people but it is important that they are aware of the potential risks that accompany this if the images reveal too much personal information, or have a negative impact on their reputation, or how negative comments about their images may effect their wellbeing. Talking to children about these risks, how they can manage them and what to do if they are worried, is key to supporting them to make positive choices and stay safe online.

The Safer Internet team advise parents to talk to their children about staying safe online through talking about Content (what we see online), Conduct (how we behave online) and Contact (how others might communicate with us).

For Content they advise encouraging children to be critical thinkers, not taking any images or information at face value, and taking into account who shared the image and the message they were trying to share 

Conduct - always think before you post, or comment on a post, both about how it will make others feel and how it will be perceived and effect your reputation.  It is now common practice for potential employers or admissions officers for universities to search for young people online to see what sort of reputation they have, so talk about how to post positive content and use privacy settings.

Contact - we should all think about what personal information we are sharing through our photos, including whether they contain any geo-tagging information that can shows the location the photo was taken. Encourage children to think about why someone is contacting them and consider the motivation behind the message, and discuss with the importance of choosing who gets to follow them or add them as a friend on social media and games

Online Safety Event: Responding to Sexting Incidents 

90% of 16-24 year olds and 69% of 12-15 year olds own a smartphone, giving them the ability to quickly and easily create and share photos and videos. This increase in the speed and ease of sharing imagery has brought concerns about young people producing and sharing sexual imagery of themselves. This can expose them to risks, particularly if the imagery is shared further, including embarrassment, bullying and increased vulnerability to sexual exploitation. Producing and sharing sexual images of under-18s is also illegal.

Sussex Police are holding an event for schools and colleges at their headquarters in Lewes on Tuesday 28 February 2017. 

This will help schools
  • Have an increased awareness of how to handle incidents of sexting
  • Identify in what circumstances they should view and delete images
  • Develop an approach to managing incidents going forward
  • Have an increased understanding of the law in this area
Please send all attendance requests to Spaces are limited to 30 schools and they can only accept one representative per school. 

Staying Safe in Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the worlds most popular games, especially with children, but we need to ensure that children are equipped to deal with the risks they might encounter in this world. The NSPCC have a good guide for parents here

Playing with Strangers: Single Player mode is safest as no one can join your child’s game or contact them in Minecraft chat. In multiplayer you can join any game or server, public or private, and see, chat and interact with others, whether friends or strangers. You can search for family-friendly servers online that are moderated by parents they have rules on language / behaviour

Privacy: Anonymity is best. Children should use a nickname not a real name when playing, and avoid using birth year in nickname. Tell children not to reveal their age, school or address in Minecraft chat, or their contact details such as snapchat 

Violent Content: There are three modes to play Minecraft in: Creative, Adventure or Survival. In Creative Mode players can do anything, monsters can’t attack them and it’s impossible for your character to die. This is the safest mode and is great for younger players to get used to the game before they move on to the other levels.

Bullies: A "Griefer" is any player who ruins your child’s experience. Chat to your child about settings that limit them like ‘Whitelisting’  and report to the server admin anyone who chats abusively in Minecraft chat.

Bad Language: Children may want to watch Minecraft videos on YouTube. You may want to search for family friendly channels online if if you’re worried that your child is watching YouTube videos with bad language. 

Viruses & Malware: Another risk is getting viruses or malware if you download or additional ‘mods’ (add-ons that change the content or gameplay of Minecraft). Tell your child to check with you before downloading anything new. 

We have produced some materials to promote potential signs of abuse and neglect to the wider public, and to spread the message that Safeguarding is Everyone's Responsibility. If you would like some posters or fliers to display in your place of work please contact us at  or call the office on 01273 292379

LSCB A4 Poster and LSCB A5 flier

Upcoming Training
The LSCB Multi-agency Training Programme 2017 - 18 is out now and courses are available to book on the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway 
Thursday 9 February 2017: 9.30-4.30pm

Child Sexual Exploitation: Working with Young People at Risk

This course, run by The WiSE Project, will build on the key points explored in our basic CSE awareness course and provide workers with the confidence and skills to work with young people around issues relating to Sexual Exploitation. You will explore ways of working directly with young people around CSE in more detail and look at the resources available. There is also an enhanced focus on online safety and police disruption techniques as well as an outline of the local picture of CSE with reference to serious case review recommendations. 
Book your place on this training here                   

Wednesday 22 February 2017: 9.30-4.30pm

''Hidden'' Children & Young People: Working with Invisible Families

There are a number of children who remain “hidden” from mainstream services for a variety of reasons. This may be because they are placed with a non-family member for more than 28 days, are transient due to lifestyle choices made by their parents/carers, are educated other than at school or have entered the UK with parents/carers and have no access to services. All of these factors may cause a heightened risk and lack of safeguarding provision and this session will consider how we can ensure that they are appropriately protected. 

By the end of the course, you will have learnt: 
  • what constitutes a private fostering arrangement
  • the legal duty the local authority has towards a private fostering arrangement
  • the local arrangements for liaison with travelling families
  • how the local authority supports home educated children
  • gain background knowledge to support working with a child or family from a refugee or migrant background, and understand how safeguarding procedures are applied in these circumstances

Book your place on this session here

Tuesday 16 March 2017: 1pm-4pm
Introduction to Harmful Practices: Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage and so-called ‘Honour’ Based Violence

This training, provided by Safe in the City, will explore the definitions and practices associated with female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and ‘so called’ honour based violence, placing these within a wider context of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG). The session will focus on communities these commonly take place within and the procedures if a disclosure of, or a risk is presented of a harmful practice taking place.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of different harmful practices
  • Identify the risk factors that can render women and girls vulnerable to harmful practices
  • Identify the signs that a woman or girl is at risk of, or experiencing, harmful practice/s
  • Describe the legislative and policy frameworks that exist for the prevention of harmful practices, the safeguarding of women and girls and the prosecution of perpetrators
  • Understand that while harmful practices can have a disproportionate impact on some groups, they are a form of VAWG, are interconnected with other forms of domestic and sexual violence and abuse and are likely to co-exist within the same family environment

Book your place on this training here                   

Other Training

Keeping Children Safe Online

The NSPCC and CEOP offer an introductory elearning course on online safety for anyone who works with children. This will help you will better understand how children use the internet and other digital technology, as well as how to help keep them safe from abuse. It will encourage you to think about the issues that young people face online,and how we can protect them, whilst signposting you to further help, support and advice.

This course cost £30 and all proceeds go to support the NSPCCs work to protect children. Find out more here 
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