In the digital era that we live in, we can no longer think of internet or e-safety as a separate entity when safeguarding children and young people.
In fact, if anyone starts talking about e-safety in the traditional sense, you should just hush them up – this is 2017 and there is absolutely nothing ‘traditional’ about the internet and how children and young people are using it.
Generally, safeguarding within schools deals with e-safety in the context of children’s access to technology and their use of social media; however, it is crucial to consider the more hidden dangers that are away from the mainstream face of the internet.
The “dark web” has created a world in which perpetrators can hide behind a cloak and conceal their identity – making it difficult to track and identify.
Apps like Snapchat and Musical.ly, alongside social media sites such as Twitter, allow trolls a platform to target and groom children and young people. Continue reading “Bringing safeguarding into the digital era”