The internet is a part of many people’s lives and can be a positive experience, but sometimes individuals can experience difficulties with online sites that they may visit or indeed, they may receive contacts from persons that are of concern. If anyone is worried or uncomfortable about someone they are speaking with online, or discovers content involving young people that is inappropriate, it is important to be aware that you should never be afraid to speak to someone about the situation as soon as possible. If you experience concerns or problems when online or you need advice there are a range of organisations that are there to help you:
Never be afraid to report your concerns, people will listen and help you.
360ºsafe - the e-safety self review tool. The 360 degree safe self review tool is free to use and is intended to help schools review their e-safety policy and practice. The Scottish Government and Education Scotland commissioned South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) Trust to hold a series of free training sessions throughout Scotland on their 360 degree e-safety self-review tool
Childnet International are producing a free online safety toolkit for educators working with young people with ASD .
Think You Know - where young people from 5yrs can find the latest information on the sites they like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Staying Safe... ..on social media and online: A booklet, by Foundation for people with learning disabilities, for young people about how to keep safe when using social media and the internet.
UK Safer Internet Centre: e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet. For Young People - games,quizzes, films and advice to help stay safe online. Resources for Prmary and Secondary age pupils. For teachers and professionals - educational resources, e-safety policy, and protecting your online reputation. For parents and carers - advice about key esafety topics like social networking, as well as guides for setting up filters and parent settings.
Internet Watch Foundation - the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - Link to advice for parents about keeping your child safe when using the internet, social networking websites and online gaming.
Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety A parents guide from CEREBRA;This guide outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. This guide also suggests some resources that will help children get the most out of the Internet at home and in the community.
Resource from Vodaphone to help parents provide safety and support for their family to manage the 'digital world'