Merton Council has chosen Safer Internet Day 2014 to launch its new e-safety strategy.
The strategy includes guidance on smartphone instant messaging, photo sharing and video apps including SnapChat, Instagram, Vine and Whatsapp. It also advises on how to report cyber bullying on social media and report online gaming abuse through consoles.
Merton’s strategy sets out actions and support for schools, youth services, voluntary and community sector groups who all work closely with young people. It also offers advice on how to signpost individuals who may be victims of bullying.
Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “Helping children and young people stay safe online will always be a major priority for the council. Our teachers, carers and youth workers do a great job in ensuring young people can approach them if they feel they are being bullied. This strategy will give staff advice on how to deal with emerging social forums opened up by smartphone technology.”
To read the e-safety strategy visit Merton’s Safeguarding Children Board webpage.