The Virtually S@fe TeamVirtually S@fe is a small project that offers practical online safety advice for people in Torbay and aims to keep children safer online.

Virtually S@fe does two things:

  1. Provides special presentations for children and young people in schools
  2. Gives ‘hands on’ online safety advice for parents, guardians and carers

How it works

The Virtually S@fe team which includes Devon and Cornwall Police Community Support Officers and staff from Safer Communities Torbay, visit schools and academies throughout Torbay to provide presentations on social networking, cyber bullying and sexting. Virtually S@fe presentations aim to compliment (and not replace) the work that schools and academies are already delivering on esafety.

The team can also visit groups of parents in the community to talk about practical ways of keeping children safer online.

What Virtually S@fe isn’t

Virtually S@fe isn’t about scaring anyone so that they don’t want to use the internet (or don’t want children to use the internet), but it is about openly and honestly talking about some of the more common types of risks so that people take steps to keep themselves and their family safer online.

Virtually S@fe can’t guarantee someone’s safety and doesn’t claim to be able to teach someone ‘how to use the internet’ but it does give advice and should help answer some commonly asked questions and concerns.

The team at Virtually S@fe are able to offer basic information, support and advice but do not claim to be experts in esafety. Throughout our website and in our schools presentations we link to nationally recognised organisations that are considered to be experts.

The people involved

Virtually S@fe is a project created by Devon and Cornwall PoliceHele’s Angels and Safer Communities Torbay. It's run by a relatively small team who aim to to do a good job across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

So far it’s been kindly funded by the Torbay Safeguarding Children Board and the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner. To date the project has operated on a small budget. Virtually S@fe has no guaranteed year on year funding.

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