NSPCC Kids Safety Net Campaign 2024

Kids Safety Net is a multi-agency campaign for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough to help support parents and carers help keep children safe in their online world. Partners have come together for a twelve-month campaign (March 2023 – March 2024) with the aim of supporting parents, carers and relevant professionals to feel confident in talking about online safety with the children they know and work with, so that they know that they can always talk to someone about anything that is worrying them. 

The internet is a great place for children to learn, create, chat with friends and family, access information or support and explore fun apps, sites and games. But exploring comes with risks, so it’s vital we know how to help keep them safe online.

The campaign, Kids Safety Net, has organised a series of 45 minute workshops which are FREE, via Zoom, at various times to fit around your busy lives. The remaining workshops are taking place on the following dates :

Wednesday 20th March 2024 – 6pm to 7pm

Kids Safety Net Workshop Tickets, Wed, Mar 20, 2024, at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Monday 15th April 2024 – 6pm-7pm

Kids Safety Net Workshop Tickets, Mon, Apr 15, 2024 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

The workshop will:

• Help you understand how children and young people experience the online world

• Show you resources and tools that could help keep them safe

• Empower you to guide them on their journey

If you would like to organise a virtual or face to face session for your community group, network or business please email: [email protected]

Key Risks To Children and Young People; It’s important to know

• Who they’re talking to

– This includes grooming and cyberbullying

• What they’re seeing

– Innocent searches can lead to not so innocent results

– Children are often a few clicks away from inappropriate/harmful content

• What they’re ‘oversharing’

– Personal information, location and nude images/videos

– Remember that when young people share online, it may never be fully private

Signs of Online Abuse; What to look out for

• Children may not know what’s happening to them, so the signs may not always be obvious

• Sudden, unexplained changes are usually an indication that something’s wrong

• Consider what’s age-appropriate for your child

Top tips for supporting children and young people to manage their online behaviour

Start a conversation 

An open and honest conversation is often the first step in keeping your child safe online, it also plays an important role in supporting them if something has gone wrong. 

Talk to your child about what has happened, how they feel about it, and what the next steps are for you to take as a family.  

Keeping your child in the loop about what you are going to do to resolve the situation can help them to feel in control of it and can help them to feel like they can come to you with any future problems. 

Be curious, not furious 

Remaining calm and asking questions like ‘how did you get to that?’ or ‘what did you click on?’ will help you to understand how the content has appeared in the first place.  

Children will often remember the immediate response from an adult – remaining calm and open will show them that you are someone they can turn to for help. 

Try not to place blame 

It may be that your child has clicked on something by mistake or even gone looking for the content on purpose, either way, it is still important to remain calm and be supportive.  

Children are curious and may hear about things from others that they later search for without realising what they will be exposed to. 

The “Respect and Consideration” project is open to all schools for pupils in Years 5 to 8 and is intended to be a whole class competition to support e-safety and PSHE teaching and learning.

The task is to produce a purposeful presentation to support the development of respectful online behaviours recognising the difference between healthy friendships and unhealthy friendships and to know who to go to for support if something does not feel right. The presentation can take the form of a short play, a display for a presentation board within the school or as a toolkit that can be shared with others.

The closing date for entries is Friday 21st June 2024 at 4pm.

See the brief for further details


Speak Up, Starting Conversations around Keeping Safe Online – Poster Competition Winners

The winner of the competition, targeted at  Year 5 – 8 students, to design a poster to encourage conversations about online safety, was Bewick Bridge Community Primary.

52 entries were received from schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and prizes were awarded to three schools overall with second and third place being awarded to Sutton Primary School and Ely College respectively. Prizes included free online safety workshops, gift vouchers worth up to £25 for the individual student designs and teacher training workshops.

Due to the success of the competition, another one will follow for the Spring Term 2024 with the details to follow shortly here.

The winning entries were:

Bewick Bridge Community Primary School


Ely College

Kids Safety Net Poster Competition Winners

As a parent or carer, one of the most important things you can do to help keep your children safe online is talk to them.  It can be difficult to know how to start these conversations, so we’ve come up with some top tips.

Be positive and open minded about the internet

It’s important to recognise the exciting opportunities that going online can offer children and young people.

Although your children may use the internet differently to you, their experiences are still significant.

If your child mentions something you haven’t heard of, ask them to show you, or explain in more detail, or you may need to do your own research.

Try to keep conversations broad, and value their opinions when they’re talking about what they enjoy doing, to show that you are interested in all aspects of their online world.

Talk early and often

The most effective way to deal with any online issue is to make conversations about the internet a part of your everyday routine.

Talking openly about life online from an early age, can be a helpful bridge to sharing safety messages and addressing more difficult conversations later; it also shows your child that you are someone who knows about the internet and can help them. Create a safe space for conversations

Look for opportunities to talk together. Sometimes, talking face-to-face can feel difficult, so talking alongside each other when out for a walk, or travelling in the car for example, are options that might make it easier.

The environment needs to be right; free from distractions, so that your child has your undivided attention. Remind them often that they can talk to you about anything, no matter how difficult, and that they will not be judged or blamed.

Your child might not be ready to talk about something straight away, so show them that you are there to listen whenever they are ready.

Keep it relevant

As they get older, your children will use technology differently from when they first went online. Their knowledge and understanding will grow too, as will the challenges they may face on the internet.

To get a sense of how much they know and what support they still need, ask open-ended questions to let your child lead the conversations you have.

There are appropriate ways to approach all online safety topics with different ages. For example, with a teenager, nude images can be spoken about in wider conversations around consent and healthy relationships.

For younger children, you could discuss what types of images are okay to share online, and what areas of our bodies are private.

Be proactive

Working together to create an agreement, outlining how the internet and technology will be used within the family, is a useful way to set clear expectations and boundaries for your children.

You might include time spent online; who your children can communicate with; appropriate apps and games; and why safety tools are helpful to block and report inappropriate content.

Ask your child what they would do if something went wrong online and they needed help and reinforce the importance of telling an adult as soon as anything happens that makes them feel upset, worried, or uncomfortable in any way.

  • Plan what you want to say in advance and seek support and information if needed so that you feel prepared.
  • Choose a moment when there are no other distractions, and you are not rushed for time but acknowledge that they might not feel ready to speak straight away.
  • Consider the best approach to anticipate how your child might react. You might want to directly explain the concerns that led to the conversation or feel that asking some broader questions might be more suitable in the first instance.
  • Give your child time to process what you are saying and share their thoughts, without interruption or blame. Listen carefully to any confusion or concerns.
  • Share your own experiences if you can. Were you ever in a similar situation and how was it resolved?
  • Reassure them you are always there to help and even if you don’t know the answers, you can find these out together.
  • Get support quickly if they need it. This might be from family, friends, your child’s school or other agencies.

  • Remain composed. If you are feeling shocked, angry, or worried, it’s likely that your child is feeling worse, but reacting that way may close down the conversation and lead your child to believe that they are to blame.
  • Acknowledge the challenges they have overcome and let them know that they’ve done the right thing by telling you.
  • Be honest. It’s okay if you are unsure what to do next, the important thing is to let your child know you are there for them. There is a lot of further support out there to help you decide on your next steps.
  • Save the evidence wherever possible. You may be able to report what has happened to the online service being used when the incident occurred. Evidence may include screen shots taken on a laptop or mobile device, emails, texts, or online conversation histories.
  • Make a report as soon as possible. Knowing who to report to is a useful step to resolving many issues, so try to familiarise yourself with the reporting, blocking or moderating settings available on the services your child is using. Depending on what has happened, it might be necessary to let your child’s school know too, or other agencies such as the police.

You can find more tips at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/.

For more information and advice, contact the NSPCC’s trained helpline practitioners, you can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Support for children and young people is available through Childline on 0800 1111 or at www.Childline.org.uk

Access the Childline website for advice and information, share experiences and get peer support on the Childline message boards: www.childline.org.uk/get-support/message-boards

Visit Childline’s online and mobile safety page to learn how to stay safe online: www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety

Watch films on lots of different topics on Childline’s YouTube Channel (aimed at young people aged 13-18): www.youtube.com/user/childline

Contact Young Minds crisis messenger (Text YM to 85258) or visit the Young Minds website for advice about mental health: www.youngminds.org.uk

Cambs Community Services https://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/

Cambridgshire and Peterborough Healthy Child Programme Who we are and what we do (cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk)

Chat Health Vimeo – ChatHealth on Vimeo

ChatHealth Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ChatHealth (cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk)





Explore the resources provided by the Safeguarding Board Partnership www.safeguardingcambspeterborough.org.uk/children-board/professionals/exploitation/

If you believe a child is at immediate risk of harm then call 999

The Kids Safety Net Campaign launched on the 9th March 2023 at Northstowe College with a live performance by NK Theatre Arts. This was streamed to approximately 17 schools across the region and was delivered to a live audience of 190 pupils in years 6 and 7 from the local schools.

The performance depicts the sharing of images and the many forms that this can take across the various social media platforms.  It tells the story of Sam, a 14-year-old girl who is popular and thinks she is tech savvy, she has a Tik Tok account and after convincing her mum she also joins Snapchat. However, she is desperate to join Instagram and talks about becoming “instafamous”. Even though her mum had said no she sets up a profile and soon starts to get drawn in by it.

A recording of the performance can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/808262455

Simply email [email protected]  for the password to view.