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Rebecca Avery
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Rebecca Avery

GB
I'm the e-Safety Officer for Kent County Council, a Local Authority in the UK. I provide advice, guidance and training to all educational settings (schools, PRU's, Children's Centers, Nurseries etc) in Kent. I offer support and consultations on any online safety concerns regarding children, young people and adults across the council so I work with lots of other agencies such as the Police, Social Services, Health and Libraries. Mostly my work focuses on developing e-Safety policies and documents for educational settings (you can find them at www.kenttrustweb.org.uk?esafety) and also delivering a variety of training to professionals so they can support and educate children, young people and their families. I'm a huge fan of all types of technology and I'm passionate about educating adults and children to understand the amazing benefits and possibilities as well as possible risks the internet has to offer us all.

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  • Questions 0
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  • Followers 13
  • Follows 6
  • Votes given 6
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17Jul
Are Omegle cam chats monitored by police?

No, Omegle chats are not monitored by the Police. To an extent some information (the time chat began, the users IP address, and randomly-generated ID ...

27Jun

Rebecca has pretty much summed up everything I could hope to say on this issue. I cannot stress enough that with any restrictions on technology and ...

26Jun
Please could someone tell me what is the best parental control software available?

Hi Ken, I'm afraid I can't really suggest the best parental control as they really do vary hugely according to different devices, what you want the ...

27Mar

While I completely agree with all of the advice above, I would also like to encourage parents to have a very frank conversation with their children ...

21Mar
Should your kids follow their teachers on Twitter?

This is a question which I'm frequently asked when I deliver training to schools. My response is usually that social networking sites are usually ...

21Mar

Frankly, this Guardian piece is rather confusing because it mixes two fundamentally different (although related) concepts: 1. Should ...

13Mar
Are our children likely to use Omegle and should we warn them not to?

I've been aware of Omegle for a few years now and have been referring to it in training for a while. I was also involved in a report in the TES in ...

19Feb

If you’ve ever seen one of your friends hilariously ‘come out’, or declare their undying love to a dog on Facebook, chances are they’ve been ...

19Feb

The sensible answer here has to be no, the more realistic answer is this is something many parents do. I myself am guilty as charged, ...

09Jan
Is there an impartial site that rates the suitability of websites for children?

Common Sense Media is a site which reviews websites, films, apps, games etc and allows parents and children to leave their own views and opinions to ...

13Dec
Is there anywhere online to personalise and print house rules for using tech?

There are some great sites which help parents set boundaries and expectations around the safe use of technology at home. I really like this resource ...

13Dec
Should e-safety be part of the curriculum?

Yes! e-Safety education should start as soon as children are exposed to technology much like other areas of personal safety - we don't wait until ...

12Dec

This will depend completely on the child and their ability to understand risk and make safe choices and as children develop this ability at different ...

12Dec
Should cyberbullying be a crime?

I believe so but I also think several things need to be taken into account when considering if police action is in the public’s interest and it’s ...

12Dec
Can anyone recommend videos about cyberbullying for high school kids?

For Secondary aged children (11-16) I really rate the excellent resource "Let's Fight it Together" which is available on the Digizen site which is ...

12Dec
Have any specific cases of cyberbullying hit the headlines?

One of the first cases of a cyberbullying convicted in the UK can be found here: ...

12Dec
Are there any safe social networking sites for tweens?

There isn't really such a thing as a 100% safe site for any age group. If someone is determined to misuse a site then they can and will find a way. ...

30Nov
What is the safest social network for an under 13?

There is no such thing as 100% safe online – if someone is determine to use a site to abuse, offend or upset people then they will always be able to ...

Q: Are Omegle cam chats monitored by police?

A: No, Omegle chats are not monitored by the Police. To an extent some information (the time chat began, the users IP address, and randomly-generated ID ...

3 years ago

Q: Please could someone tell me what is the best parental control software available?

A: Hi Ken, I'm afraid I can't really suggest the best parental control as they really do vary hugely according to different devices, what you want the ...

3 years ago

Q: Should your kids follow their teachers on Twitter?

A: This is a question which I'm frequently asked when I deliver training to schools. My response is usually that social networking sites are usually ...

4 years ago

Q: Are our children likely to use Omegle and should we warn them not to?

A: I've been aware of Omegle for a few years now and have been referring to it in training for a while. I was also involved in a report in the TES in ...

4 years ago

Q: Is there an impartial site that rates the suitability of websites for children?

A: Common Sense Media is a site which reviews websites, films, apps, games etc and allows parents and children to leave their own views and opinions to ...

4 years ago

Q: Is there anywhere online to personalise and print house rules for using tech?

A: There are some great sites which help parents set boundaries and expectations around the safe use of technology at home. I really like this resource ...

4 years ago

Q: Should e-safety be part of the curriculum?

A: Yes! e-Safety education should start as soon as children are exposed to technology much like other areas of personal safety - we don't wait until ...

4 years ago

Q: Should cyberbullying be a crime?

A: I believe so but I also think several things need to be taken into account when considering if police action is in the public’s interest and it’s ...

4 years ago

Q: Can anyone recommend videos about cyberbullying for high school kids?

A: For Secondary aged children (11-16) I really rate the excellent resource "Let's Fight it Together" which is available on the Digizen site which is ...

4 years ago

Q: Have any specific cases of cyberbullying hit the headlines?

A: One of the first cases of a cyberbullying convicted in the UK can be found here: ...

4 years ago

Q: Are there any safe social networking sites for tweens?

A: There isn't really such a thing as a 100% safe site for any age group. If someone is determined to misuse a site then they can and will find a way. ...

4 years ago

Q: What is the safest social network for an under 13?

A: There is no such thing as 100% safe online – if someone is determine to use a site to abuse, offend or upset people then they will always be able to ...

4 years ago

Q: Is there a website where children can report inappropriate behaviour?

A: Often one of the best courses of action is to report inappropriate behaviour to the website where the issue is taking place as many websites have ...

4 years ago

Q: How can we encourage kids' technology development and keep them safe from internet abuse at the same time?

A: It’s essential that parents are involved with their children’s use of technology and that they know what their child is doing online much like they ...

4 years ago

Q: How can I teach my kids that everything they do and share online could have consequences throughout their life?

A: It’s important to talk about online consequences with children as early as possible in an age appropriate way when they begin to use any form of ...

4 years ago

Q: How can I monitor what content my kids are accessing on multiple devices when I'm at work?

A: There is a huge variety of different controls available (some free, some which need to be purchased) which parents can apply to their children ...

4 years ago

Q: Can you (should you?) switch off 'chat' options in smartphone and online games?

A: This will depend on the child and the safety controls in place in the game or device being used (e.g. Smartphone or games console). Many apps/games ...

4 years ago

Q: At what age is it acceptable to allow a child unsupervised internet use?

A: This will depend completely on the child and their ability to understand risk and make safe choices and as children develop this ability at different ...

4 years ago

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