The internet is a very useful tool. It provides vast opportunities to communicate, transform businesses and gather information. However it also presents opportunities for cyber criminals.

This week, the Council’s Community Safety team has launched a new website, Safer Derby, an online resource that offers help and advice to young people, parents and carers, about staying safe online.

With information on online security, scams, sexting, privacy settings, reporting incidents, and loads more, Safer Derby is the one-stop-shop for internet safety.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Communities, Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, said:

“Children need to be aware of how their online behaviour impacts other people and themselves. It’s really important that they know who is able to view, share and comment on information they share online.

“Educating children and young people on information like this typically starts at home, with parents and carers, which is why we have put together a website that incorporates advice for both groups.”

Earlier this year, the Community Safety team worked on a video to highlight the dangers of sexting. The film addressed sexting in a light-hearted way, that grabbed the attention of youngsters and parents alike. The clip was shown in schools around Derby, and provoked positive discussion between classmates on the subject.

As well as launching a shiny new website, the Community Safety team have also been working hard to facilitate workshops and shows in schools across the city, to further highlight topics ranging from cyberbullying to the dangers of talking to strangers online.

See a trailer for the show online.

Councillor Smale added,

“We’re speaking with over 2,700 pupils across Derby during the Saltmines workshops and shows, which offers us the perfect opportunity to showcase the new Safer Derby website, and show children and young people the resources available.

“The team has worked really hard to normalise conversations about cyber safety.

“New technologies are great in allowing people to express themselves, and find their identities, but it can also bring new pressures, that older generations might not understand.

“Hopefully this new website will raise awareness, not just among young people, but also parents, carers, teachers, and beyond.”

If you have any concerns about a young person:

  • Children can talk to a ChildLine counsellor 24 hours a day on 0800 11 11 or in an online chat
  • Parents or carers concerned their child is being contacted by adults as a result of having shared sexual imagery should report it to the NCA or Ceop
  • Parents and carers can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000; email; text 88858; or call the Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002