Sorry it’s been a while since our last blog update. The only excuse we have is that we’ve been a bit busy!

So what have the team been up to of late? We’ve been out delivering our presentations in schools which has included talking with young people about sexting. If you missed the short film we made for parents about sexting with the help of students from Torquay Academy check it out. In response to our work on sexting we felt really proud to be approached by BBC3 to feature in a documentary called Porn – what’s the harm? If you missed that you can catch it on YouTube but please note that some of the content is adult/explicit in nature.

Our team of Police Community Support Officers have been out delivering our other esafety presentations in primary and secondary schools and academies throughout Torbay. We’ve also made an appearance at various local community events (we particularly like the ones that have cake…).

We’ve also been speaking with parents, guardians and carers to raise awareness about online risks facing children and young people and (we hope) giving them some practical advice about how they can work with their child to keep themselves safer online. As well as focusing on children and young people it’s always good talking with parents about their own online experiences. Staying safe online and offline are real family issues so we always try to encourage parents to talk openly and regularly about both environments.

Outside of ‘the day job’ we’ve been talking esafety with people like Torbay Council’s Director of Children’s Services and we’ve been working with the Peninsula Online Safety Group which aims to share good practice (why reinvent the wheel). We’ve also been working with some fantastic individuals to look at things like how we train our staff and how we could open up training opportunities to other people in the community.

And finally we’re shocked (still) but pleased to say that Lou, Vicky and Chris the project founders will be attending the Nominet Internet Awards 2014 in London. Virtually S@fe has been shortlisted in the category ‘Making the internet a safer place’ along with OWASP CornucopiaeCadetsIWF International Reporting SolutionSafer Internet Day 2014, and Eastlands Primary School The Anti-Social Network. Looking at each shortlisted entry we feel privileged to be joining them in the ranks. We wish the very best of luck to all those shortlisted in each category and are looking forward to making new friends and exploring new ideas that we can bring back with us to Torbay.

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