D. USEFUL WEBSITES AND RESOURCES
- Childline – free 24 hour helpline for children and young people. Tel: 0800 1111.
- Kidscape – run a telephone advice line exclusively for parents and carers giving advice about bullying. Tel: 08451 205 204 (10am-4pm weekdays).
- Get Connected – free confidential helpline for young people (open 1pm-11pm every day). Tel: 0808 8084994.
- Samaritans – helpline for those in distress, offering multi-channel support. Tel: 08457 90 90 90. Email: Jo@samaritans.org. SMS text: 07725 909090.
- Childnet – a range of resources for primary and secondary schools, for children and young people, for teachers and for parents (www.childnet.com).
- StopText bully – a website dedicated to mobile phone bullying, contains advice for young people including how to contact your operator (www.stoptextbully.com).
- Cyberbullying.org – one of the first websites set up in this area, for young people, providing advice around preventing and taking action against cyberbullying. A Canadian-based site (www.cyberbullying.org).
- Chatdanger – a website that informs about the potential dangers online (including bullying), and advice on how to stay safe while chatting (www.chatdanger.com).
- Anti-Bullying Alliance – the Alliance brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying. Their website has a parents section with links to recommended organisations who can help with bullying issues (www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk).
- Many of the internet service providers, mobile phone companies and social networking sites have useful advice and safety tips for users and parents on their own websites.
- Please see section I of the ‘Resources’ section in Safe to Learn, the over-arching anti-bullying guidance, for more organisations that can help.
Internet safety resources
- For more information on policies around ICT in schools, including Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) for staff and pupils, see www.becta.org.uk/schools/esafety.
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), has produced a set of resources around internet safety for secondary schools called Think U Know, see www.thinkuknow.co.uk. CEOP also provide resources and training in delivering the Think U Know presentation in schools.
- Childnet International have a range of resources for primary and secondary schools. The website also has a sample family agreement which can be printed out (see www.childnet.com/kia/parents - click on see sample content from Know IT All for Parents).
Good practice guidance
For the providers of internet services:
For UK mobile operators:
UK code of practice for the self-regulation of new forms of content on mobiles, see www.imcb.org.uk/assets/documents/10000109Codeofpractice.pdf. This code outlines the mobile operators commitment to deal vigorously with malicious communications.