United Kingdom Safer Internet Centre

Awareness centre

Description:
The awareness centre is led by Childnet International and South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). Both organisations produce tools and resources on online safety for children and young people, parents and carers, teachers and professionals. These range from checklists on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and many others, to safety tools and conversation starters for parents, or eSafety policies for schools. We also run education sessions in schools and youth organisations, and for safeguarding teams.
 
The awareness centre also runs initiatives like the Digital Leaders Programme for secondary schools.
 
We run a nationwide campaign for Safer Internet Day (SID) every year, which keeps growing and gathering supporters and reach. Our outreach awareness programme, Online-safety Live, is a tour around the length and breadth of the UK where we deliver online safety briefings to all professionals working with children and young people, including teachers, police, youth workers, social workers, adoption and foster workers, and many more.
 
Email address: enquiries@saferinternet.org.uk Website: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk Social media: http://www.facebook.com/saferinternetuk http://www.twitter.com/UK_SIC https://www.youtube.com/uksic http://plus.google.com/112616949707660197153/about https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=7443161

Helpline

Description:
Our Professionals Online Safety Helpline is dedicated to supporting any professionals working with children and young people. We receive calls from school staff, teachers, children's centres, police forces, youth organisations, social workers, local authorities and so on. We help them with online safety issues relating to them as professionals or to the young people in their care. We have partnerships with a number of safeguarding and law enforcement organisations that help us refer or signpost our clients. We also work very closely with most major industry providers like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Google, Yahoo, ASKfm and many others which enables us to have first-hand information and to feed into their safety and reporting tools.
 
The helpline's opening hours are 10.00-16.00 and can be reached by telephone on 0344 3814772. We are the only helpline from the Insafe network to provide such a service for professionals.
 
Email address: helpline@saferinternet.org.uk Website: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/about/helpline Social media: https://www.facebook.com/Professionals-Online-Safety-Helpline-114275378652498/timeline/ https://twitter.com/UK_SIChelpline

Hotline

Description:
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK hotline for reporting online criminal content. We work internationally to remove online images and videos of child sexual abuse. We work within the UK to remove criminally obscene adult content and non-photographic images of child sexual abuse, such as computer generated images.
 
The IWF was founded in 1996 by the online industry as a self-regulatory body. The IWF and the online industry work effectively in partnership with the police, educators, the government and others to achieve our vision. The IWF is a membership organisation and became a registered charity in 2005 with an independent Board. The key to our success since our inception is the support we receive from the online industry and strong partnerships we have across the globe. We strive to meet the demands of evolving technology, industry developments, and public and government scrutiny.
 
Website: http://www.iwf.org.uk/ Social media: https://www.facebook.com/InternetWatchFoundation http://twitter.com/IWFhotline https://www.youtube.com/user/IWFhotline https://www.linkedin.com/company/iwf? trk=company_logo

Youth participation

Description:

The work of the UK Safer Internet Centre is focused on the education of children and young people, so they are at the heart of what we do. We aim to include the voice and the opinion of young people in our campaigns, in our events and in our resources. We run competitions to encourage young people to create positive online content such as the Childnet Annual Film Competition. When we create resources we hold focus groups with young people so they can help inform and shape them. We work with young people for Safer Internet Day every year and last year created the Up2Us film with the participation of 150 young people from across the UK. We also take young people to international forums like Safer Internet Forum (SIF) or the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) where they take part in sessions and workshops and express their opinions on what makes a better internet.

Website: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk

Key successes

The UK Safer Internet Centre's unique strength lies in the close partnership between the three charities that form it - South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), Childnet International and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The three organisations have extensive expertise in making the internet a better place and complement each other in the work they do. 
 
Childnet and SWGfL form the core of the awareness centre and devise innovative and effective campaigns and resources focusing on educating children and young people, teachers and the children's workforce, parents and carers on how to be responsible and creative users of the internet. The Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign we have led for the last five years has seen phenomenal reach across the whole of the UK and each year we engage a growing number of partners. In 2016, over 1,100 organisations were involved in celebrating the day.
 
SWGfL also run the only helpline in the Insafe network dedicated to supporting any professionals, working with children and young people, with online safety issues. It has become well established and recognised over the last five years, winning an award for the service in 2016.
 
IWF run the hotline for reporting and removal of criminal online content, specifically child sexual abuse content. They are a centre of excellence and support the creation of such hotlines globally. IWF are the first hotline to start proactively searching for this content and have recently, along with industry, piloted hashing of child sexual abuse images to speed up the identification and removal of this content worldwide.

Key partners/supporters

The UK Safer Internet Centre has worked hard to build partnerships and networks with all stakeholders in online safety. Among our supporters are the UK Government Equalities Office, Department for Culture Media and Sport, Scottish Government, Northern Ireland Executive, NSPCC, OFCOM, ACPO, BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, NASUWT, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, Vodafone, O2, TechUK, Anti-Bullying Alliance, Nominet, Post Office, RDI, Stonewall, Trendmicro, Mother's Union, Family Lives and many more.

Location: United Kingdom Email address: enquiries@saferinternet.org.uk Phone: 0844 800 2382 Website: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk