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Fifteen-minute consultation: Keeping young school children safe online using the ‘SOCKS’ workshop
  1. Hannah Opstad,
  2. Carrie Williams
  1. Haringey Council, Paediatric Registrar in Public Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hannah Opstad, Haringey Council, Paediatric Registrar in Public Health and CEOP Ambassador, London N22 8HQ, UK; h.opstad{at}


This paper aims to raise awareness of cyberbullying and online safety among health practitioners and provide some useful advice and key messages to help facilitate conversations with children and young people about internet use. The paper also discusses the role of ‘SOCKS’ (Stamp Out Cyberbullying & Keep Safe), a novel teaching workshop aimed at primary school children, which aims to generate awareness and understanding before they become regularly exposed to the dangers of the online world.

  • paediatric practice
  • school health
  • technology
  • child abuse
  • information technology

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  • Contributors HO designed and undertook the pilot data acquisition and analysis. HO & CW interpreted pilot data. HO authored the initial draft. CW & HO revised the manuscript. HO and CW approved the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.