Online Safety

“Online safety refers to the act of staying safe online. It is also commonly known as internet safety, e-safety and cyber safety. It encompasses all technological devices which have access to the internet from PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets. Being safe online means individuals are protecting themselves and others from online harms and risks which may jeopardise their personal information, lead to unsafe communications or even effect their mental health and wellbeing”.

National Online Safety

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Resources

#LiveSkills

Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
#LiveSkills is a package of resources focusing on live streaming. It explores the nuanced features of live streaming, and the specific risks children and young people can face. Live streaming is increasingly becoming one of the most popular . . . online activities for children and young people and most apps now have live streaming functions.
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Band Runner

Key Stage 2
Band Runner is a fun runner-style game for 8-10 year olds on the Thinkuknow website. The game features some familiar faces: Sam, Alfie and Ellie from the Play Like Share animations are continuing their adventures and helping children to . . . build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.
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Be internet legends

Key Stage 2
ParentZone have worked with Google to provide a free scheme of work for KS2. Teachers can order one pack each but more than one pack per school can be ordered. The lesson plans are accredited by the PSHE Association and these are . . . accompanied by stickers and a poster. The scheme consists of five pillars to be Sharp, Alert, Secure, Kind and Brave. The children are also encouraged to share information with parents and carers.  Schools can also request an assembly from the Google Internet Legends team by ticking a box on the order form.
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Digital Matters

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
The Digital Matters platform uses free interactive lessons and dynamic storytelling to help teachers engage young people in online safety lessons. Following UKCIS’ Education for a Connected World Framework and created by Internet Matters, . . . Digital Matters covers a range of online safety lesson topics ranging from cyberbullying to fake news to password security and more. It engages children through quiz-style and story-based learning while promoting discussion in the classroom to promote a safer internet.
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Digital resilience

Key Stage 3
Digital resilience is a key skill that we want young people to develop. Whilst going online can be incredibly fun and enjoyable there can also be times when a young person can feel upset, not good enough or left out. These are the occasions . . . when young people will need strategies to help themselves and also to help their friends if they are having a difficult time online. This lesson aims to look at the positive and negative experiences young people have online, consider the impact they may have and devise ways to build digital resilience.
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Videos

Links

Be Internet Legends (Google)

Helping children be safe and confident explorers of the online world, To make the most of the internet, children need to make smart decisions. Be Internet Legends empowers younger children to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.

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CEOP Safety Centre

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors

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Childline

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

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Childnet

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

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Internet Matters

Supporting families online: Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.

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News

15/06/2022 : Latest Research Shows 62% of Schools Have Not Received Cyber-Security Training
South West Grid for Learning

14/06/2022 : Instagram launches new parental controls in UK
BBC

06/06/2022 : Digital fingerprints of a million child abuse images made
BBC

31/05/2022 : Digital safety platform launched to protect young children online
Children and Young People Now

30/05/2022 : Skin Gambling – A Guide for Professionals, Parents and Carers
South West Grid for Learning

Documents and Publications

Online Harms Experienced by Children and Young People: ‘Acceptable use’ and regulation

In light of the increased amount of time children and young people (CYP) have been spending online . . . during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the Catch22 Online Harms Consultation was launched in 2020. It received responses from 22 young people, 75 frontline professionals, representatives from tech platforms and Commissioners, on the challenges of online harm.
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‘Through these walls’: Report Harmful Content annual report 2021

Through These Walls seeks to get to the heart of harmful content reporting over the past year, not . . . only regarding harmful content proliferation during COVID-19 lockdowns, but also public attitudes towards identifying and raising incidents with an official dispute resolution service. The report offers a detailed look into the particular types of harmful content flagged, and a breakdown and analysis of the most common forms.
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Parental Controls information: Sony Playstation 5

Learn how to set up parental controls and manage your child’s use of games, apps, and features on . . . the PS5 console. The PS5 includes parental controls and spending limits that work alongside family management and play time controls.
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Podcasts

Online Safety Podcast (SWGfL)

Presented by a variety of SWGfL’s online safety experts and special guests – this podcast is your one-stop-shop for . . . internet safety news and comment. The focus of episodes is to advise professionals working with young people. That being said, the content will be useful for parents, carers or anybody with an interest in online safety.
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SafetoNet Foundation Safeguarding Podcast

The SafeToNet Foundation’s Safeguarding podcasts focusses on safeguarding children in the online digital context. We . . . cover the technical, legal and cultural aspects of topics such as cyber-abuse, cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion, digital wellbeing and how to keep children safer online.
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eLearning

Childhood in the digital age (Open Learn)

Are you a technology optimist or a technology pessimist? The amount of technology available to children today is greater . . . than in any previous generation, and it is more specifically designed to capture their imaginations. There is heated debate as to how the digital influx is shaping children’s development and experience.
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Online safety training (NSPCC)

Do you know your Fortnite from your Snapchat? Do you know the role online technologies play in children and young . . . people’s lives and the risks they might face? The online world brings many positives and possibilities, but it’s also full of risks – and it’s constantly changing. Developed by the NSPCC in association with NCA-CEOP, the child protection unit of the National Crime Agency, this elearning course will help you to understand what children and young people do online, why they take risks and how to respond to these risks so you can feel confident in protecting the children you work with.
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