Meeting Ofsted requirements

The Ofsted Inspection handbook launched in 2015 included significant changes to how it considered and inspected online safety. The Ofsted Outstanding grade descriptors include:

  • Pupils work hard with the school to prevent all forms of bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying.
  • Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe online and of the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social networking sites

To achieve both of the above, schools will need to provide regular, appropriate education for all pupils taking account of any special education needs or disabilities or any other factors affecting the young person. In addition, Ofsted will be considering evidence that staff understand the risk posed to young people by the internet, and that this is regularly updated and that schools have mechanisms protecting.

Digital literacy and other online safety programmes

We encourage you to think about how to embed online safety as part of a bigger digital literacy initiative across the curriculum. This is to ensure that young people are being taught the skills they need to navigate the world in which they find themselves, and to emphasise the positive aspects to using technology and the internet.

SWGfL have developed a free digital literacy curriculum together with the US organisation ‘CommonSenseMedia’, which covers all age groups and provides multiple activities in each area of the curriculum. It covers the following eight areas:

  • internet safety
  • privacy & security
  • relationships & communication
  • cyberbullying
  • information literacy
  • self-image & identity
  • digital footprint & reputation
  • creative credit & copyright

Up to Year 9, there are five lessons covering one or more of these areas with links to resources; for years 10-13, there are four units each with five modules. For each set of lessons there are also ideas about what opportunities there are to embed the ideas from the lesson across the curriculum, which are available here.

There are also other programmes such as the Childnet Digital Leaders programme and e-Cadets programmes which are peer-led programmes and the ParentZone Digital Schools Membership which are aimed more at staff and parents. Peer-led programmes where older children help to educate younger children are often very practical, realistic and relevant. These are in addition to programmes aimed at bullying for example the Diana award Anti-Bullying Campaign or the Anti-Bullying Alliance All together campaigns.

SSCT online safety newsletters

We are continuing our termly online safety newsletters for parents and professionals. The parent’s newsletter may be sent out by email or placed on your website. To sign up to receive newsletters please click here.

The version of the newsletter sent out to the mailing list is an email magazine, but a PDF version can be downloaded from the above website.

Education for KS1 should explore the appropriateness of content that children are viewing and sharing (some of them may have YouTube channels or be using other apps to share images and videos), who they are in contact with and the differences between an online ‘friend’ and a real friend.

For the older group of KS1, children should have the opportunity to think about how to behave towards each other and what to do if they have negative experiences, especially the importance of getting an adult to help them.

Childnet Go to website Childnet

Using the internet with children and young people is an incredibly rewarding experience. Incorporating internet safety themes across the curriculum, and celebrating the benefits of new technologies, can enhance learning in so many ways. On this website you will find resources to help you use the internet safely and positively as a professional, and information to help safeguard your workplace and the young people you work with.

Digiduck’s Big Decision (Childnet) Go to website Digiduck's Big Decision (Childnet)

The Digiduck® collection has been created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3 – 7 about how to be a good friend online. The collection now includes a book, PDF and interactive app. Help arrives just in time for Digiduck® when faced with a difficult decision! Follow Digiduck® and his pals in this story of friendship and responsibility online.

Lee and Kim (ThinkUKnow) Go to website Lee and Kim (ThinkUKnow)

Lee and Kim is a short animated film designed for young children. It follows two primary school aged children who are playing an online game. The cartoon highlights the importance of being safe online, and helps children to spot important online behaviours such as being kind to other people and not talking to strangers. This video is available from the THINKUKNOW website together with some fun activities and a song. Alternatively, the video is available from the CEOP YouTube channel and is also available with BSL or subtitles.

Murphy and Red (Safer Internet Day) Go to website Murphy and Red (Safer Internet Day)

The following are two videos from Safer Internet Day 2017:
•Ask before you watch – Red and Murphy talk to Freddie and Alisha about watching videos online. What should children do before they watch videos on YouTube and what should they do if they see something upsetting online?
How to make an avatar – Red and Murphy chat about creating an avatar online and what private information children should be aware of using when creating their own avatars. Videos are also available with BSL or subtitles. Complementary education packs for 5-7 year olds can also be downloaded here. There are also other resources from previous safer internet days available on their website here.

Smartie the Penguin (Childnet) Go to website Smartie the Penguin (Childnet)

Follow the adventures of Smartie the Penguin as he learns to be safe on the internet. There are Powerpoint versions of the story for EYFS, Year 1 and 2, a lesson plan and a song. The material covers: pop ups and in app purchasing, inappropriate websites for older children, and online bullying.

SWGFL Digital Literacy Programme Go to website SWGFL Digital Literacy Programme

These free online safety materials are designed to empower pupils and students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. Browse by Key Stage or Year Group, for cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.

Thinkuknow Go to website Thinkuknow

The CEOP Command’s Thinkuknow programme provides resources, training and support for professionals who work directly with children and young people. Our films, learning activities and other resources are developed in response to intelligence from child protection experts within the CEOP Command. They are designed to help children and young people keep themselves safe from sexual abuse and exploitation by developing skills in identifying and avoiding risk, learning how best to protect themselves and their friends, and knowing how to get support and report abuse if they do encounter difficulties.

Webster’s Technology Books (Hannah Whaley) Go to website Webster's Technology Books (Hannah Whaley)

Webster’s technology is a series of books that feature a cartoon spider and are written in a rhyming style: the series currently comprises Webster’s email, Websters bedtime, Webster’s friend and Webster’s manners. Each covers a different aspect of using technology safely. Available in paperback and electronic edition from online book sellers.

Education for KS2 children should build on that provided for KS1. Children should be exploring privacy settings, blocking and reporting and thinking about what the effects of sharing content could be in the future. The biggest risk to children at this age is getting into unpleasant conversations with friends from school and the potential fall-out from this or escalation into bullying. Ensuring children know what to do if they see or experience this type of behaviour online is a key focus.

Age-appropriate discussions about grooming should be had, as well as about youth produced sexual imagery as more and more cases of this are being seen in primary schools. Some children may have YouTube channels or may be using other platforms where they share content, for example Instagram or Snapchat.

Online gaming is also something many of children are involved with, even if they do not have a games console, and this can lead to children experiencing very inappropriate content and playing games with unsuitable people.

One of the major challenges is to help children to look at the risks of their own behaviour rather than just the abstract concept of risk. Exploring these topics in a number of different ways across the curriculum gives the best chance of children learning these risks.

Childnet Go to website Childnet

Using the internet with children and young people is an incredibly rewarding experience. Incorporating internet safety themes across the curriculum, and celebrating the benefits of new technologies, can enhance learning in so many ways. On this website you will find resources to help you use the internet safely and positively as a professional, and information to help safeguard your workplace and the young people you work with.

Digital Citizenship: Young Peoples’ Rights on Social Media Go to website Digital Citizenship: Young Peoples' Rights on Social Media

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever that our young people are able to understand and feel in control of their online rights. But more often than not, they’re not even aware that they even have any. The Children’s Commissioner for England, working with Tes and Schillings, have produced three teaching packs to help young people become more empowered digital citizens. Relevant to citizenship and computing curriculums around the world, these packs include lesson ideas and simplified T&Cs for five major social media sites. So why not take a look and add another dimension to the way you speak to students about the opportunities that the internet, and particularly social media, have to offer?

I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware) Go to website I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

This NSPCC video is aimed at KS2 children and parents.

Increasing numbers of primary school age children are known to be sharing personal images of themselves. This video would be suitable to children in KS2 who you might be concerned are at risk. ‘Alex’s friend shares a picture of Alex with his friend Katie for a joke, but Katie shares it with lots of people online leading to Alex getting bullied and being upset.’ There is a cartoon video and lesson plans with activities, extension work, homework and a slideshow presentation which is available here.

Lucy and the Boy (NSPCC Share Aware) Go to website Lucy and the Boy (NSPCC Share Aware)

Lucy and the Boy is a resource explaining to children about what is and isn’t suitable to share online. There is a cartoon video and lesson plan with activities, extension work and homework, with a slide presentation also available.

Play, Like, Share (ThinkUKnow) Go to website Play, Like, Share (ThinkUKnow)

Play Like Share is a three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack that aims to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online. There is an accompanying resource pack containing guidance, photocopiable workbooks, materials to engage parents and carers and extension sessions designed to be delivered to particularly risk-taking or vulnerable children, that address; self-esteem, commercial risks, privacy and security and online grooming.

Safer Internet Day 2017 Resources Go to website Safer Internet Day 2017 Resources

The education pack for Safer Internet Day 2017 for 7-11 year olds contains an assembly, a play and other activities for this age group together with a video called ‘The Bigger Picture.’

The film looks at the power of images online – how an image can create an impression and how often there is more than meets the eye in an image. It looks at a series of parts of images and asks children what they think is happening and sees how their views change depending on how much of the picture they can see. Also available in BSL and subtitles from Youtube/Vimeo.

There is also a photography pack which explores different aspects of the power of image: from the pressure to take the perfect selfie, to the ways that images can be misleading or ambiguous, the six photography briefs challenge young people to consider the impact of images on their lives, while also celebrating the positive power of image to help inspire a better internet. A gallery of these images is available for discussion but there is nothing stopping this activity being used outside of safer internet day.

Share Aware (NSPCC) Go to website Share Aware (NSPCC)

The Share Aware teaching resources and lesson plans have been created to provide straightforward, no-nonsense advice which will untangle the web, and let you know how, as a teacher or practitioner, you can show your pupils ways to be to be safe online. The central message is that the internet is a great place for children to be and being Share Aware makes it safer. These teaching resources support you to deliver the ‘stay safe’ messages to pupils. They’ve been written in conjunction with teachers, producers of educational resources and experts from the NSPCC – and have been piloted in primary schools to make sure that pupils respond to them.

Social Networking (VSafe) Go to website Social Networking (VSafe)

The VSafe Presentation (in Prezi format) provides a step by step presentation to present to KS2 students.

Stay Safe (CBBC) Go to website Stay Safe (CBBC)

The CBBC section on the BBC website has a number of resources suitable for 8-10 year olds including quizzes, videos and Newsround reports. There is also a music video in the style of One Direction called ‘Who do you share your details with?’ which could be a great starting point to think about this area of online safety.
CBBC also have an anti-bullying playlist on their YouTube channel which includes a series of films featuring the characters from the popular programme The Next Step. Also available is an anti-bullying week webpage which includes videos about people being bullied because of various differences, because they are clever, the colour or their hair or because they were born in another country, including stories from olympic athletes who have been bullied.

SWGFL Digital Literacy Programme Go to website SWGFL Digital Literacy Programme

These free online safety materials are designed to empower pupils and students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. Browse by Key Stage or Year Group, for cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.

The Adventures of kara, Winston and the Smart Crew (Childnet) Go to website The Adventures of kara, Winston and the Smart Crew (Childnet)

The five videos cover Safe (not sharing personal details), Meet, Accept, Reliable and Tell or SMART. These cartoons illustrate the five online safety SMART rules and include a real life SMART crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions.
There is a supporting quiz and other resources, and the videos are available in BSL, subtitle and clicker versions and there is a copy of the SMART rules in symbols. This is all available here. Please note this resource was updated in 2016 to include a different SMART crew of young people to be more relevant.

Thinkuknow Go to website Thinkuknow

The CEOP Command’s Thinkuknow programme provides resources, training and support for professionals who work directly with children and young people. Our films, learning activities and other resources are developed in response to intelligence from child protection experts within the CEOP Command. They are designed to help children and young people keep themselves safe from sexual abuse and exploitation by developing skills in identifying and avoiding risk, learning how best to protect themselves and their friends, and knowing how to get support and report abuse if they do encounter difficulties.

Trust me: A Critical thinking Resource (Childnet) Go to website Trust me: A Critical thinking Resource (Childnet)

The main aim of this resource is to educate young people around inaccurate information that they might come across online. This resource is by no means a solution to the issues that are facing young people online but is intended to stimulate and facilitate discussions around online risk.

Education for KS3+ young people is more complex as issues of peer pressure, sexual development, body image and mental health can be more prominent as well as young people taking a greater responsibility for their online activity and many having mobile phones.

The topics relating to online bullying and grooming, youth produced sexual imagery and radicalisation need to be tackled in a way which will engage young people to think about their own actions and when they need to protect others. This will include an exploration of criminal activity as well as looking at the safeguarding context and how school will respond if certain types of issues come to light. In particular, grooming and youth produced sexual imagery will also overlap with sex and relationship education issues such as viewing pornography, healthy relationships, domestic abuse, violence against women and girls and so on (see separate section on resources).

Both online bullying and radicalisation need to be discussed in the context of discrimination and hate incidents/crimes.

Childnet Go to website Childnet

Using the internet with children and young people is an incredibly rewarding experience. Incorporating internet safety themes across the curriculum, and celebrating the benefits of new technologies, can enhance learning in so many ways. On this website you will find resources to help you use the internet safely and positively as a professional, and information to help safeguard your workplace and the young people you work with.

Crossing the Line: A PSHE Toolkit Go to website Crossing the Line: A PSHE Toolkit

Crossing the line is a resource primarily aimed at 11-14 year olds and consists of four videos. There are accompanying lesson plans and worksheets covering online bullying, sexting, peer pressure and self-esteem. This resource has been quality assured by the PHSE association.

Digital Citizenship: Young Peoples’ Rights on Social Media Go to website Digital Citizenship: Young Peoples' Rights on Social Media

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever that our young people are able to understand and feel in control of their online rights. But more often than not, they’re not even aware that they even have any. The Children’s Commissioner for England, working with Tes and Schillings, have produced three teaching packs to help young people become more empowered digital citizens. Relevant to citizenship and computing curriculums around the world, these packs include lesson ideas and simplified T&Cs for five major social media sites. So why not take a look and add another dimension to the way you speak to students about the opportunities that the internet, and particularly social media, have to offer?

Exposed (ThinkUKnow) Go to website Exposed (ThinkUKnow)

This film explores the idea of ‘nude selfies’ in the context of a teenage relationship. Dee has a boyfriend, whom as a part of a consensual relationship she sends a nude image to. The audience then begin to see how easily a person can lose control of their image as Dee’s photo is shared around the school. Dee thinks of ways she can take control of the situation and advises the audience on the risks of sharing nude selfies. The audience are encouraged to think about the emotional and social consequences of a nude selfie being shared.

Gaming Addiction (MindEd) Go to website Gaming Addiction (MindEd)

MindEd is an organisation that provides education about children and young people’s mental health for professionals and parents. It has a section on parenting in the digital world covering the risks etc but also includes an animated video where Mark discusses his gaming addiction.

I am Holly (Bedford High School, Manchester) Go to website I am Holly (Bedford High School, Manchester)

This powerful video from Greater Manchester Police looks at online and offline bullying and shows how someone being bullied might feel. It also describes how we can help someone who is being bullied by standing up to bullying.

Like Me (TrueTube) Go to website Like Me (TrueTube)

TRUETUBE contains RE, PSHE and Citizenship resources. The video LikeMe uses a fast moving format to show how people interact online and is accessible here. School is over for the day, and Sophia is straight online with her friends, sharing messages and photos, but then someone shares too much and this has a massive impact for Sophia. Teachers’ notes containing discussion topics and activities are available.

Safer Internet Day 2017 Resources Go to website Safer Internet Day 2017 Resources

The education packs for Safer Internet Day 2017 for 11-18 year olds contain an assembly, lesson plan and other activities for these age groups together with two videos:
•‘Selfie shack’ which features young people in KS3 talking about what they like about taking selfies and what the pressures are to take ‘perfect’ selfies.
•‘Your image, you future’ explores what other people, for example future employers might think about you based on what you post online. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo. There is also a photography pack – see the KS2 section as much of this may be applicable to KS3 and KS4. All available here.

So You Got Naked Online (SWGFL) Go to website So You Got Naked Online (SWGFL)

‘So you got naked online’ is a leaflet that helps and advises young people who may find themselves in a situation where they (or a friend) have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with. It is available as a 15-page booklet or handout flyer. There is a cost to purchase these, but more information can be found on the suppliers website.

Stay Safe (CBBC) Go to website Stay Safe (CBBC)

The CBBC section on the BBC website has a number of resources suitable for KS3 including:
•quizzes
•videos
•Newsround reports

Some of the most engaging are the songs and sketches created by the Horrible Histories team:
•Protect thy privacy settings featuring Guy Fawkes;
•What happens when you lie about your age online featuring the prudish Victorians
•Lady Jane Grey Beware what you download
•Saxon Monk in Internet videos are Forever

These are all accessible here.

CBBC also have an Anti-bullying playlist on their YouTube channel and a collection of anti-bullying week videos on their website which includes videos about people being bullied because of various differences such as:
•because they are clever
•the colour or their hair
•their faith
•the fact they are transgender
•because they were born in another country

Stay Safe, Don’t Send (The Children’s Society) Go to website Stay Safe, Don't Send (The Children's Society)

This is an animated resource about the effects of youth produced sexual imagery concentrating on the Gypsy, Roma and travelling communities as part of a project trying to keep young people in those communities safe from Child Sexual Exploitation. Other resources include an activity book, guide for practitioners, posters and leaflets which are available here.

SWGFL Digital Literacy Programme Go to website SWGFL Digital Literacy Programme

These free online safety materials are designed to empower pupils and students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. Browse by Key Stage or Year Group, for cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.

Thinkuknow Go to website Thinkuknow

The CEOP Command’s Thinkuknow programme provides resources, training and support for professionals who work directly with children and young people. Our films, learning activities and other resources are developed in response to intelligence from child protection experts within the CEOP Command. They are designed to help children and young people keep themselves safe from sexual abuse and exploitation by developing skills in identifying and avoiding risk, learning how best to protect themselves and their friends, and knowing how to get support and report abuse if they do encounter difficulties.

Trust me: A Critical thinking Resource (Childnet) Go to website Trust me: A Critical thinking Resource (Childnet)

The main aim of this resource is to educate young people around inaccurate information that they might come across online. This resource is by no means a solution to the issues that are facing young people online but is intended to stimulate and facilitate discussions around online risk.

VoiceBox (Childline) Go to website VoiceBox (Childline)

The Childline website and a number of the Voicebox videos on YouTube also cover bullying and a list of their playlists is available here. The playlists are split into different categories and the bullying-specific section is accessible here. The Voicebox videos feature mostly youngish adults and are short discussions about various different topics. The videos are produced on a weekly basis so it is worth signing up to the channel for notifications.

ZipIt app (Childline) Go to website ZipIt app (Childline)

The Zipit app aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations. The app offers humorous comebacks and advice, and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting. Search for ‘zipit’ in your app store.

There are numerous resources available for education on sexting (youth produced sexual imagery), CSE and other sexual content. Below is a collection of resources aimed at different groups of young people.

#Listentoyourselfie Go to website #Listentoyourselfie

The #Listentoyourselfie campaign from Childline looks at healthy and unhealthy relationships. There are stories that are presented in written and video form and a checklist of what’s healthy and what’s not.
•The Party: Lara meets and older boy Dan and they start a relationship. Dan comes to Lara’s house while she is having a party with her friends and he starts to pressure her into having sex.
•The Game: Paul has an online friend JJ who he talks to about being gay or possibly bisexual. JJ sends Paul a naked picture and asks for one in return.
Both videos are available with closed captions and can be viewed here.

Exploited (ThinkUKnow) Go to website Exploited (ThinkUKnow)

This 18-minute film helps young people learn to stay safe from sexual exploitation and helps educate young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship. It also gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.

Exposed (ThinkUKnow) Go to website Exposed (ThinkUKnow)

This film explores the idea of ‘nude selfies’ in the context of a teenage relationship. Dee has a boyfriend, whom as a part of a consensual relationship she sends a nude image to. The audience then begin to see how easily a person can lose control of their image as Dee’s photo is shared around the school. Dee thinks of ways she can take control of the situation and advises the audience on the risks of sharing nude selfies. The audience are encouraged to think about the emotional and social consequences of a nude selfie being shared.

Fight Against Porn Zombies/FAPZ (Childline) Go to website Fight Against Porn Zombies/FAPZ (Childline)

Childline has a lot of information aimed at children of 12+ about the realities of watching pornography.

They also have a series of cartoons aimed at boys available on their YouTube channel here.
•Episode 1 looks at how boys can have their perception of sex altered by watching pornography and how it can lead to objectifying women.
•Episode 2 looks at how pornography can lead to people feeling they have to re-enact what they see
•Episode 3 looks at the peer pressure to have sex. There are also information films that explore the topic further
Be aware that the cartoons are quite explicit: the main authority figure in the cartoons is called Professor Ophelia Balls and there are other characters with similarly ‘on-the-edge’ names.

I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware) Go to website I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

This NSPCC video is aimed at KS2 children and parents.

Increasing numbers of primary school age children are known to be sharing personal images of themselves. This video would be suitable to children in KS2 who you might be concerned are at risk. ‘Alex’s friend shares a picture of Alex with his friend Katie for a joke, but Katie shares it with lots of people online leading to Alex getting bullied and being upset.’ There is a cartoon video and lesson plans with activities, extension work, homework and a slideshow presentation which is available here.

It’s Not Because He Likes You (Cambridgeshire Police) Go to website It's Not Because He Likes You (Cambridgeshire Police)

A teenage girl talks about her relationship with Jake, an older boy. Jake buys her gifts and a phone and is displaying controlling behaviour including sharing naked images of her. The film explores the feelings of the young person. It is sometimes difficult for young people and adults to identify these types of abusive situations as children and young people may believe they are in a loving, consensual relationship. The video is available to view here.

Just Send It (Childnet) Go to website Just Send It (Childnet)

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.
‘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.’

Kayleigh’s Love Story (Leicestershire Police) Go to website Kayleigh's Love Story (Leicestershire Police)

Kayleigh’s love story is an online grooming case from October 2015 which ended tragically.

This video re-enacts the last two weeks of 15-year old Kayleigh Haywood’s life when she was groomed on Facebook by a 27-year old male and then went to visit the man. Kayleigh was raped and murdered by the man and his next door neighbour. Both men were subsequently convicted of serious offences and received substantial prison sentences. The video has been made with the support of Kayleigh’s family and would be rated 15 if it were to be shown in the cinema. The video and the accompanying information is available here.

Sending Nudes (Sussex Police) Go to website Sending Nudes (Sussex Police)

Two animated videos looking at the risks of sending nudes of yourself and the consequences of sharing images of others. Both videos include closed captions.

So You Got Naked Online (SWGFL) Go to website So You Got Naked Online (SWGFL)

‘So you got naked online’ is a leaflet that helps and advises young people who may find themselves in a situation where they (or a friend) have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with. It is available as a 15-page booklet or handout flyer. There is a cost to purchase these, but more information can be found on the suppliers website.

Stay Safe, Don’t Send (The Children’s Society) Go to website Stay Safe, Don't Send (The Children's Society)

This is an animated resource about the effects of youth produced sexual imagery concentrating on the Gypsy, Roma and travelling communities as part of a project trying to keep young people in those communities safe from Child Sexual Exploitation. Other resources include an activity book, guide for practitioners, posters and leaflets which are available here.

ZipIt app (Childline) Go to website ZipIt app (Childline)

The Zipit app aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations. The app offers humorous comebacks and advice, and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting. Search for ‘zipit’ in your app store.

Go to website

The Disrespect Nobody campaign from the Home Office focuses on healthy relationships. There is a website with information about sexting, relationship abuse, consent, rape, pornography and where to get help
There are also videos about sexting, relationship abuse and consent
The videos are animated but suitable for young people and try to be practical and humorous. The videos come with closed captions.

Josh and Sue (ThinkUKnow) Go to website Josh and Sue (ThinkUKnow)

Josh and Sue is an animated film which covers issues around online bullying, sharing information and who are real friends. This animation has been designed to be used with young people learning difficulties. There are two different commentaries, one for those with mild to moderate needs and another for moderate to severe needs. There is no complex story and there are clear tick and cross symbols for when an action by one of the characters is safe or not safe. There are supporting activities and lesson plans to go with the video.

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents (Cerebra) Go to website Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents (Cerebra)

This guide from leading organisations outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do.

STAR Toolkit (Childnet) Go to website STAR Toolkit (Childnet)

The STAR toolkit consists of practical advice and 15 teaching activities to help educators explore online safety with young people with autism spectrum disorders in Key Stage 3 and 4. The sections consist of Safe, Trust, Action and Respect. All sections feature the concept of friendship and have a focus on finding the balance between online and offline interaction. The resources are in a downloadable format, however, most of the activities are not complete lessons but starter activities or similar.

The following websites also provide useful information

Educating parents so that they are aware of the risks and know how to protect their children is vital. There is plenty of material available to assist with educating parents, however ensuring parents attend sessions can be difficult for a number of reasons: you will probably need to try several different strategies in order to maximise your reach.

  • Have a stall run by the children at an event that parents and carers will be attending. You can hand out leaflets or do a ball vote (where each person is given a token to vote with
  • Rather than sending out an advert for an online safety session written by the organisation, get the children to design the advert and have a reply slip
  • Send out the Parents online safety newsletter.
  • Order copies of the Digital Parenting magazine.
  • Do a quick online safety input at an event parents and carers are already attending: e.g. transition evening, concert, school trip meeting. Resources are available to help with this and are accessible below.

 

I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware) Go to website I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

This NSPCC video is aimed at KS2 children and parents.

Increasing numbers of primary school age children are known to be sharing personal images of themselves. This video would be suitable to children in KS2 who you might be concerned are at risk. ‘Alex’s friend shares a picture of Alex with his friend Katie for a joke, but Katie shares it with lots of people online leading to Alex getting bullied and being upset.’ There is a cartoon video and lesson plans with activities, extension work, homework and a slideshow presentation which is available here.

Internet Matters Go to website Internet Matters

This website is set up in partnership with many of the technology companies to give parents and carers information. Information is split into advice which includes sections for different age children, controls and expert articles. There are a number of short videos, in particular, April’s story about a young girl sharing naked images and Jack’s story about being bullied on online gaming

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents (Cerebra) Go to website Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents (Cerebra)

This guide from leading organisations outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do.

NSPCC Website/Helpline Go to website NSPCC Website/Helpline

The NSPCC web pages on online safety cover everything a parent needs to know including how to talk to their children about issues, how to make agreements in the family to keep everyone safe and how to manage time online.
There are also reviews of websites, games and apps in the NetAware section. Signpost parents to NSPCC webpages or for more specific questions to the 24 hour online safety helpline for parents on 0808 800 5002, that is run in association with O2; where parents and carers can speak to a specialist practitioner.

Online Gaming: A guide for Parents and Carers (Childnet) Go to website Online Gaming: A guide for Parents and Carers (Childnet)

Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them.

A PDF fact sheet is available to download here that covers how games are played, what the risks are, how to keep children safe, etc.

Further resources are available here.

Parent Info Go to website Parent Info

Parent Info is a free resource for schools and other organisations, providing expertise and advice to parents and carers on a range of subjects including digital issues and online safety.
Schools and other organisations can host Parent Info directly on their own website, offering parents and carers support with easy access to up-to-date articles, research and practical advice.

Parenting in the Digital World (MindEd) Go to website Parenting in the Digital World (MindEd)

MindEd is an organisation that provides education about children and young people’s mental health. They have a sections on how much time young people spend on the internet, what are the risks and social media etc.

The Internet of Toys – 10 Points to Consider for Parents Go to website The Internet of Toys - 10 Points to Consider for Parents

The way our children play is changing rapidly. One of the most striking new developments is the growing number of toys that are connected to the internet: the Internet of Toys. To help parents cope with the challenges of this new connected play environment, Mediawijzer.net has compiled a checklist of ten points to consider when it comes to safety and children’s play.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre has been co-funded by the European Commission to provide a Helpline for all professionals working with children and young people in the UK with any online safety issues they may face themselves, or with children in their care. We provide support with all aspects of digital and online issues. In addition, the Helpline aims to resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and reputation.

Net Aware

NSPCC Net Aware provides parents with an explanation of apps and games that their children may be using. It includes the views of children’s use of the app/game as well as information on signing up, reporting, privacy settings and how to get support.

Ask About Games

Ask About Games answer questions parents and players have about video game age ratings, provide advice on how to play games safely and responsibly, and offer families helpful tips to ensure they get the most out of the games they enjoy together.

Common Sense Media

US based site Common Sense Media is a vast source of information about games and apps being used by young people, including what the product is about, age limits and what parents need to know.

ThinkUKnow

ThinkUKnow from CEOP provides important and useful information for parents upon how to keep their children safe online. The ‘children’s workforce’ section also provides a vast range of resources for use in education settings.

Childnet

Advice for parents and carers to help support children and young people in their safe and responsible use of the internet.

Switched on Families

Giving parents clear, honest and useful advice to make sure your gang gets the best from the web.