What is internet safety (e-safety)?
E-safety is being safe from risks to personal safety and wellbeing when using all fixed and mobile devices that allow access to the Internet as well as those that are used to communicate electronically. This includes personal computers, laptops, mobile phones and gaming consoles such as Xbox, Playstation and Wii.
What are the risks?
The internet has become an essential part of 21st century living, but misuse of the technology poses potential dangers. The risks can include:
- cyber-bullying (bullying or being bullied using any of the above technologies - this includes stalking and harassment)
- inappropriate content (being sent or being invited to view unwelcome sexual/pornographic/violent/hateful/racist content)
- scams/fraud (being targeted with the intent to obtain money illegally)
- grooming (unwanted approaches of a sexual nature or with sexual intent)
What is Bracknell Forest doing to minimise the risks?
The Bracknell Forest community safety partnership e-safety sub-group prioritises the following areas to minimise the risks:
- communication and awareness raising in the community
- education and training for those that work with children, young people and vulnerable groups of people
- monitoring and reporting to ensure systems and services are in place
- responding to specific incidents and providing support
Staying safe on dating websites
The council has carried out some research and has produced guidance for staying safe on dating websites (PDF, 37kb).
The community safety team have access to a wide range of resources relating to e-safety. Please contact us for more information.
You may find the following websites useful:
- Anti-bullying alliance
- Bank safe online
- CEOP safety centre
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
- Facebook family safety centre
- Get safe online
- Information Commissioner's Office - smartphone security
- Internet Matters
- Know IT all resources
- Vodafone digital parenting magazine
- Who Is Hosting This
If you are a child/ young person/ vulnerable adult or a parent/ carer and need advice, help, or to report abuse please use the CEOP report button below.