Online Safety Resources for schools

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Murphy and Red (Safer Internet Day 2017)

The following are two videos from Safer Internet Day 2017 (1) 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? (2) 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 here. Complementary education packs for 5-7 year olds can also be downloaded here.

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Safer Internet Day 2018

The education packs for Safer Internet Day 2018 for 3-7 year olds contain an assembly, lesson plan and other activities for these age groups together with a video ‘Take a minute’ in which the characters Red and Murphy talk about what it feels like when being online becomes too much. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo.

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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.

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Smartie the Penguin (Childnet)

Follow the adventures of Smarties 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 available here. The material covers: pop ups and in app purchasing, inappropriate websites for older children, and online bullying.

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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.

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Webster’s Technology Books by 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.

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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.

Band Runner

Band Runner is a fun new 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 an internet legend

ParentZone have worked with Google to provide a free scheme of work for KS2  – ‘Be Internet Legends’. 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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I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

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

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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. The video contains closed captions and is available here.

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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. The video comes with closed captions and is available here. The video is also available from the CEOP YouTube channel here.

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Resources about critical thinking: fake websites

The following websites can be used to test students’ critical thinking skills to see if they believe everything they see online:

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Resources from Safer Internet Day 2017

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.

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Safer Internet Day 2018

The education packs for Safer Internet Day 2018 for 7-11 year olds contain an assembly, lesson plan and other activities for these age groups together with a video ‘How I feel online’ which features young people in KS2 discussing how they would feel if they were being encouraged to be mean to others online. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo.

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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.

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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.

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The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew from 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.

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Trust Me: a critical thinking (Childnet)

The main aim of the Trust Me resource is to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive 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. This resource is accessible here.

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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.

Bullying videos (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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gaming Addiction from 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. Available on the MindEd website here.

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I am Holly (Bedford high School, Greater 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.

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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 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.’

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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.

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Picture This (Drama activity about sexting)

A practical educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically with 11-16 year olds. By asking young people to step into the shoes of the characters within Picture This, they explore the law, impact and consequence of sexting and are encouraged to contemplate their online behaviour. The pack comprises of a 25-minute play script and lesson plans that seek to educate and enlighten young people about the consequences of creating and sending indecent images. Young people can decide their own ending for this play, formed from all that they have learned throughout the lessons.

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Resources from Safer Internet Day 2017

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 (1) ‘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 and (2) ‘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.

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Safer Internet Day 2018

The education packs for Safer Internet Day 2018 for 11-18 year olds contain an assembly, lesson plan and other activities for these age groups together with two videos (1) ‘Take a minute’ which features young people in KS3 discussing how they would feel if they were being encouraged to be mean to others online and (2) ‘Digital empathy’ which looks at what it is and how you can show it. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo.

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Sending nudes from 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 and are available here.

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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.

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Stay Safe from CBBC

The CBBC section on the BBC website has a number of resources suitable for KS3 including quizzes, videos and Newsround reports. Some of the most engaging are the songs and sketches created by the Horrible Histories team including 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 and 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 and because they were born in another country.

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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.

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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.

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ThinkUKnow

The THINKUKNOW education programme covers children and young people online, relationships, sex and young people and sexual abuse and exploitation: it does not cover bullying. The THINKUKNOW website has specific areas of its website for 11-13 and 14-18 year olds, a selection of videos aimed at KS3 and 4 and also the THINKUKNOW toolkit called ‘Sex the Internet’ and ‘You’ which contain 15 activities, some of which use the THINKUKNOW website to explore various different topics including friending, digital reputation, passwords, selfies and privacy. The ‘Consequences’ video is useful because it demonstrates offender behaviour. The professionals’ resources are available here and amongst these there are a number of videos available with BSL or subtitles. You will need to register for a free THINKUKNOW account to access and download resources and you will need to have attended a THINKUKNOW introduction course in order to access some of the resources.

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Trust Me: a critical thinking (Childnet)

The main aim of the Trust Me resource is to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive 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. This resource is accessible here.

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Zipit app from 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.

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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. All this is available here.

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STAR toolkit from 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. For a review of the activities, please click here.

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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 (Childline)

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.

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Band Runner

Band Runner is a fun new 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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Disrespect Nobody (Home Office)

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 and can be accessed here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

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

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It’s Not Because He Loves 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.

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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 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.’

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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.

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Sending nudes from 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 and are available here.

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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.

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Zipit app from 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.

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Sexting Guidance for Schools

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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.

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Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents from Ambitious about Autism, Mencap and 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.

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NSPCC webpages and 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. It also signposts 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.

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Online gaming: an introduction for parents and carers from 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.

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Parent Info from Parentzone and CEOP

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.

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Parenting in digital world (Minded for families)

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. This is also available in easy read PDF here.

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Staff Led Parent Online Safety Presentation (Childnet)

This online safety presentation for parents is designed to be delivered by the online safety lead, or designated staff member, in your school, organisation or child care setting.
Online safety is a whole community issue and this presentation is designed to improve parents’ knowledge and understanding of the risks their child may face online. It also provides practical strategies and advice to help parents support their child online and signposts to further resources and reporting sites which may be of use.

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