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Lurking Trolls

Lurking Trolls was a campaign originally designed by Portsmouth LSCP to protect children from online bullying, grooming and exploitation. It won a number of awards and was praised by Ofsted.

A new campaign has now been launched across the whole Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton area with a whole host of treacherous new trolls and covers 6 main areas:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Preventing bullying
  • Reducing the risk of exploitation
  • Recognising fake news
  • Understanding radicalisation
  • Self-image and identity

The campaign will help children to better understand when they may be at risk online, know what to do if something goes wrong, and be able to recover from any difficulties or upsets.

The campaign is aimed to work with children aged 7-11 years old in Key Stage 2 and pupils in Special Schools at an appropriate time. It is hoped that by introducing these topics in a fun and accessible format, it will help build children's awareness and be a preventative measure to help build their resilience and knowledge of what to do should they encounter them.

All Primary Schools, Special Schools and local libraries across the Island have been provided with copes of the trolls books, cartoons and accompanying teaching resources. They will be able to access further online resources and cartoons. A Troll Costume will be held at the Learning Resource Centre (Thompson House, Newport) to be booked out by schools for events and to promote online safety.

The website www.lurkingtrolls.com  has a host of fun and informative resources for children giving them more information about the Trolls, how to recognise behaviours/issues online and advice on what to do in response. The website includes a 'I need help' section for children, signposting them to organisations such as Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) and Child Line so they can report and find help for any issues they experience when they're online at home. It also includes information and advice for parents &and carers on helping their children stay safe online at home.

Worried About A Child?


In an emergency please call the Police on 999

If you are worried a child is, or at risk of, suffering, neglect or abuse please contact the Children's Reception Team on 0300 300 0117 (available 24 hours a day).

You do not need to know everything about the child before contacting the Children's Reception Team.
If you are concerned, it is important that you talk to someone about this.