Cyberbullying and Prejudice: Safeguarding Young People’s Time Online

10th February 2014

EACH in partnership with the Bullying Intervention Group is delighted to be convening a national conference on Cyberbullying and Prejudice.

The internet has changed the way we communicate and engage with the world around us. We are increasingly using the web as a platform to connect with and learn from others. For young people the internet can provide opportunities to reach out across cultural and geographic boundaries to those who share similar interests and experiences. This can be a lifeline for young people who may be isolated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith, age or ability.

However emerging technologies can also provide new ways of victimising people remotely, twenty four hours a day. Research and evidence from young people tells us that homophobic and other prejudice-based abuse is frequent online. In 2011 EACH surveyed 1,969 young people across the South West and found that:
 

  • 2 in 5 young people had witnessed homophobic abuse or aggression online
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  • 1 in 5 had been directly targeted
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  • 1 in 2 feel very upset and angry about the abuse
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  • Only 1 in 20 reported the online abuse to anyone
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    Featuring national experts in e-safety and cyberbullying, our conference will inform and support professionals working with young people to address contemporary safeguarding issues, comply with their duties under the Equality Act 2010 and meet the requirements of the Ofsted Inspections Framework 2012.

    Confirmed speakers include:

  • John Carr, Chair of UK Council for Child Internet Safety
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  • Andy Phippen, Professor of Social Responsibility in IT, University of Plymouth
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  • Teresa Hughes, Securus Software
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  • Andy Baker, Deputy Chief Executive, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
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  • Adrienne Katz, Director of the Bullying Intervention Group (BIG)
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  • Jonathan Charlesworth, Executive Director of Educational Action Challenging Homophobia
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    This conference is highly relevant to school senior leadership teams, pastoral, inclusion and behavioural leads, school governors, educational psychologists, youth workers, social workers and other professionals supporting young people. Delegates have the opportunity to participate in talks, workshops and panel discussions which will:

  • Raise awareness of cyberbullying and prejudice and how to support those affected
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  • Generate open and appropriate discussions around contemporary safeguarding issues
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  • Deliver constructive and practical strategies to address prejudice-based cyberbullying
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  • Increase awareness of how to meet Ofsted and legal requirements
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  • Inspire professionals working with young people to challenge prejudice-based cyberbullying
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    Please tweet about this event with #SYPTO14 and @EACH_UK.

    For any queries e-mail info@eachaction.org.uk or ring 0117 946 7607.