Staying Safe Online

For most children and young people, e-technology is part of everyday life with a recent survey in Northern Ireland (NCBNI, 2013) showing that four out of five young people (79%) go online every day with 22% spending five hours or more online at any given time.  Recent findings from NSPCC (2013) show that one in five children has been the target of cyberbullying and 10% of 11-16 year olds have been targeted by internet ‘trolls’.

The Western Trust was recently commended in a report produced by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI, 2014) for the work that is ongoing in terms of raising awareness of how to stay safe online among practitioners who work with young people and their parents. 

In continuing this work, the Health Improvement Department is offering ThinkUKnow training for trainers.  This will enable practitioners to be able to deliver NCA/CEOP accredited internet safety training directly to young people while being able to access a range of interactive resources and videos to use in their workplace.

CEOP internet safety training for trainers is aimed at practitioners whose roles directly or indirectly involve the protection of children and young people (teachers, police officers, social workers, youth workers etc.). The course enables practitioners to directly deliver CEOP's Thinkuknow programme. The training will increase their understanding of many of the most popular applications young people are using in the online and mobile environment.

The course covers many issues that children and young people face online and signposts to initiatives and organisations for help and support.

CEOP Thinkuknow training is FREE to attend. However, in order to be eligible to attend any training session for CEOP's Thinkuknow programme you MUST be able to produce the following:

  • Access NI certificate or equivalent;
  • A letter on headed notepaper from your organisation stating your role, duration in the organisation and the use of CEOP training in relation to your role;
  • A form of photographic identification i.e. passport or driving licence;
  • Be willing to deliver at least one course for your organisation by 31 March 2015.

For further information about any aspect of e-safety please see contact our Health Improvement Department on 028 71865127.


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