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Safeguarding: Spotting the signs of online abuse and protecting young people

The Online Safety Act is landmark legislation but the fight to keep young people safe online is not over. Richard Collard considers the provisions of the Act and looks at how schools can protect young people online and spot the signs of online abuse
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With children and young people spending so much of their time online, it is important for professionals, parents, and carers to understand the protections that are in place for them, as well as where they may face risks.

While online, young people might face cyber-bullying, emotional abuse, sexual exploitation, and grooming.

The NSPCC has been a key player in campaigning for the safety of children online and has campaigned for the government to provide legislation that children are afforded the same protection online as they are offline, with platforms held accountable for the prioritisation of child protection on their services.

Alongside a variety of partners and supporters we were able to help secure a ground-breaking piece of legislation which passed into law in October – the Online Safety Act. Although this legislation marks real progress in the improvement of child safety measures online, there is still work to be done.

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