Working together can prevent harm online

Date: 20th February 2017
Category: Children in situations of exploitation

The CYCJ and Barnardo's Scotland have called for greater engagement with technology industries to prevent children being harmed online, in a joint research paper published on Safer Internet Day.

'Over the Internet, Under the Radar: Prevention of Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Scotland' also identifies the need for a national e-safety strategy in Scotland, and a clear assessment framework around technology.

The report describes the findings and recommendations from two seminars, attended by professionals who have encountered issues around adolescent risk taking behaviour online and e-safety.

It is supported by a literature review from Dr Ethel Quayle (Edinburgh University), which contextualises some of the debates that took place at the seminars against current research evidence.

During the seminars, anonymised cases relating to 'sexting', sexual exploitation online and downloading indecent images of children were discussed. The group explored examples of good practice as well identifying 'pinch points' in current processes and outlined the gaps in professional knowledge and practice.

Key findings included: