Internet safety - SWGfL Helpline
Today, March 16th 2011 sees the launch of the UK’s first ever Helpline for Professionals, specifically dealing with e-safety issues. Our Helpline is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre (Home - UK Safer Internet Centre) and is for all professionals and volunteers in the South West who work with children and young people, and aims to address online safety issues they face, both professionally and personally.
Research, being published by the University of Plymouth to coincide with the launch of the helpline, sadly confirms that abuse of professionals (and volunteers) online, is a significant issue with over 1 in 3 experiencing or witnessing such an incident. The research also concludes that 30% of incidents did not receive any resolution from senior management. I’m sure you will find the research fascinating reading and can be downloaded at South West Grid for Learning Trust - UK Safer Internet Centre - Professionals Online Safety Helpline. We aim to plug this gap and support workers and volunteers to regain control over their professional identity, provide advice on e-safety issues affecting young people, and help staff embrace the digital world in a positive way.
For more information, please visit the Helpline webpage at Home - UK Safer Internet Centre, or the South West Grid for Learning website (South West Grid for Learning Trust - Home). There, you can find more information about the helpline, as well as request a free ‘Helpline toolkit’ (I have also attached a sample poster). You can also directly contact the Helpline for advice via the website, or access our Frequently Asked Questions section.