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

Indepth

Resources

Digital Wellbeing module

Key Stage 2
Google’s Digital Wellbeing module is a FREE pack of NEW resources for UK primary schools Created by Google and Parent Zone, the resources are designed to help Key Stage 2 pupils (7 to 11-year-olds) learn about how their use of technology . . . can make them feel – and reflect on what a healthy balance looks like. We know that Digital Wellbeing goes beyond the school gates, so we’ve developed lesson plans, a teacher guide and materials to help you engage children, parents and carers. This pack can be used on its own, but it works best alongside the whole Be Internet Legends curriculum. You can order the curriculum pack by ticking the box below.

Gambling

Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
The PSHE Association is working in partnership with GambleAware to support children and young people to understand, and avoid, risks associated with gambling. The below free-to-download materials aim to increase the number of schools . . . addressing this important issue, and give teachers the confidence to cover it to a high standard through their PSHE education curricula.

Gaming or gambling – Schools and organisations

Parents, Professionals

Parent Zone and GambleAware have partnered up to help professionals and families learn about the gambling-like risks children may face when playing online games – and simple, practical ways to keep gaming fun and make it safer.


Jessie and Friends (Age 4-7)

Key Stage 1
Jessie and Friends is a three-episode animated series which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online. Jessie & . . . Friends follows the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world. They learn that while the internet can be an exciting place where they can learn and have fun, sometimes they may encounter things online which make them feel worried, scared or sad.

Just send it

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Part of the Crossing the Line PHSE toolkit. Abi and her friends love to live their lives online; sharing top tips, fashion ideas and fun stories. The film includes closed caption subtitles and is available here. When her online comments . . . catch the attention of Josh, a boy well known in the school, she is excited. As friendship grows and their like for each other develops, it’s not long before Josh’s friend encourages him to pressurise Abi to send a nude selfie. She’s not keen to do this and seeks the advice of her friends. Mixed opinions and increasing pressure from Josh soon encourage her to change her mind to take the photo. Although Josh intends to delete the photo, his friend Brandon intercepts the picture and sends it on to others online, which causes much distress for Abi.

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.


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


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.


Childnet

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


Internet Matters

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


News

13/01/2022 : 2021 was worst year on record for online child sexual abuse, says IWF
Guardian

18/01/2022 : 2022 Online Safety Live Events Available For UK Safer Internet Centre
South West Grid for Learning

12/10/2021 : A boy wrote about his suicide attempt. He didn’t realize his school’s Gaggle software was watching
Guardian

21/04/2021 : Campaign launches as new report finds girls at worsening risk of grooming from sexual predators online
Internet Watch Foundation

28/07/2021 : Campaigners push to stop this being ‘the summer of online sexual abuse’ against children
Internet Watch Foundation

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.


‘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.


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.


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.



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.