Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Bullying and Internet Safety

The internet, relationships & you: Toolkit for 11-18s - This toolkit helps you to transform our website for 11 – 18s from a reference tool into an engaging resource. It contains activities suitable for use in schools, youth work and other educational settings.

Online Sexual Harm Reduction Guide - The Marie Collins Foundation has joined forces with the NWG Network to produce this help guide aimed at reducing online harm

Online Safety - It's not about the internet - Jim Gamble's Ted Talk considers the nature of the online threat including the nature of the beast, the suggestion that blaming tech companies is too simplistic, the importance of individual leadership and simple ideas that can make us all safer. Jim Gamble is a former senior police officer and a renowned child protection expert. He is the CEO and one of the founding partners of the Ineqe Group, the largest independent safeguarding organisation in the UK and Ireland. Jim is a frequent media commentator on issues related to protective services, best practice, the internet and child protection.

Harmful Online Challenges and Hoaxes -  The Department for Education (DfE), UK Council for Internet Safety Education and Samaritans have developed advice for schools to support their approach to harmful online challenges and online hoaxes.

Send me a pic? - This is a brand new Thinkuknow education resource on the consensual and non-consensual sharing of nude images among young people. It's designed for use with young people aged 11-14 in Key Stage 3

Staying safe online - Northumbria Police have released a range of resources designed for KS2 and KS3 pupils. All schools have received the resources but they can be used by practitioners working with children and young people

Report indecent and inappropriate images to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

In addition for help and support, visit or you can report using the Tell Us Something page on the Northumbria Police website.

Megan's Story: "Sending Nudes - It Happened To Me" - Short video (8 minutes long) - includes an account from Megan who experienced sharing an indecent image of herself and the consequences of doing so.

There is further advice for young people at on Instagram. The following links contain information about the law and where to get support:

The legal implications of sending indecent images of those under 18

What they can do if they are worried about an online nude

What they can do if they have sent an online nude

Online safety and wellbeing - Internet Matters has published a report on the development of an index designed to measure the impact of digital technology on the wellbeing of children and young people in the UK.
Read the news story: Children’s wellbeing in a digital world: index report 2022
Read the report: Children’s wellbeing in a digital world: index report 2022 (PDF)

Online safety - The House of Commons Library has published an updated briefing looking at the government's plans to regulate online content. Read the news story: Regulating online harms. Read the briefing: Regulating online harms (PDF).

LGBTQ+ children and young people - Internet Matters has published a blog discussing how parents and carers can help LGBTQ+ children find safe online communities and resources.. Read the blog: How to help LGBTQ+ children find safe online communities and resources

Digital Lives Report -The Children's Society

What is the dark web? - The Children's Society

Online Safety Bill - The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that the Online Safety Bill has been introduced in Parliament, the first step in its passage to become law in the UK. The Bill will include the new offence of cyberflashing in England and Wales, and introduce a legal requirement for UK companies to report child sexual abuse content on their platforms to the National Crime Agency. 

Read the press release: World-first online safety laws introduced in Parliament
Read the supporting documents: Online Safety Bill: supporting documents
Read the report: Joint Committee report on the draft Online Safety Bill: Government response
Read the Bill and follow its progress: Online Safety Bill


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