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.

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.

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.

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.

Digital Resilience and Online Safety

Key Stage 3
This resource has been produced by Avon and Somerset but draws heavily on resources produced by Childnet. The Childnet resources have been condensed to produce a package which takes into account the PSHE agenda but also allows time to . . . provide a police perspective.

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

TikTok Checklist

The TikTok Checklist provides all the information about the app and how to stay safe


Report Harmful Content Launch Annual Report

Report Harmful Content has just released its annual report into the findings surrounding harmful . . . content online. This report presents results of mixed-methods research carried out on all cases dealt within the first year of operation (January 2019-December 2019). In the year analysed, the RHC website received 9,282 visitors and practitioners dealt with 164 unique cases. The service’s popularity rapidly increased in September, following the official service launch, and continued to grow until the end of the year.


Covid-19: Expectations and Effects on Children Online

Covid-19 has affected the lives of billions of people across the world, with unprecedented peacetime . . . restrictions imposed. The reaction has been an extraordinary digital migration; a migration online to maintain some form of normality in terms of social, economic, entertainment and learning. In this resource, David Wright (Director of UK Safer Internet Centre) looks at the expectations and effects COVID-19 has had towards children online. This report breaks down the key findings:


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.