Online Youth

Several school children being taught in a classroom

Photography: courtesy of Childnet

Ellie Profitt is the Education and Youth Engagement Manager at Childnet, a UK charity with the main goal of making the internet a safe and enjoyable place for young people. Ellie shares her insight into how the last year has increased the need for online safeguarding and educating around the importance of staying safe online, and also highlights the work Childnet do supporting school staff and parents to increase the awareness of digital exploitation, violence and abuse.

Ellie Proffitt


After spending some time teaching abroad in Hungary and Czechia, Ellie Proffitt qualified as a primary teacher from UCL, and taught in Hackney, East London. She also has a background in arts management, having previously worked for the V&A and Imperial War Museum. Ellie joined the Childnet team in September 2015 and is particularly interested in how the internet can affect relationships, and how we can increase reporting amongst young people.