Online Grooming: How Schools Can Recognise, React and Respond to a Continuing Threat

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Online Grooming: How Schools Can Recognise, React and Respond to a Continuing Threat

This webinar will provide headteachers, designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), teachers and all school staff with practical advice and guidance on how they can keep children safe and disrupt the online grooming process.

Lockdown and the move to remote education have increased levels of online grooming. Last year, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reported a record number of online child sexual abuse reports. They warned that ‘children are at greater risk of being approached or groomed by strangers online than ever before.’ This supported police figures which found the number of grooming crimes increased by 13% to 1,220 during the first three months of lockdown.

In this webinar, international online grooming expert and former Covert Internet Investigator, Jonathan Taylor, explains how schools can respond to online grooming concerns, the techniques that online predators use and preventative methods to help keep children safe online.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding how the online grooming journey develops, exploring predatory behaviour and what exactly the legislation covers in respect of grooming offences.

  • Recognising grooming dynamics offline and breaking down each step to understand how online groomers implement these techniques online.

  • Identifying the different channels through which online grooming can take place and the main platforms that online groomers target their victims.

  • Understanding the techniques that groomers use to develop relationships with children and how they look to shift conversations from open forums to private communications.

  • Recognising the steps that schools and parents can take to support children vulnerable to online grooming, responding to concerns and where to seek further guidance.

Jonathan Taylor

About The Expert

Jonathan Taylor

International online safety, social media and online grooming expert who previously worked as a Covert Internet Investigator with the Metropolitan Police for over 10 years.
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