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Online safety

We’re helping schools by making and collecting resources that will help schools be e-safe schools.

Some are resources we have created, some are based on the work of others and some resources are linked from other sites.

All schools are welcome to take any of our work that they find helpful and reuse it to suit their needs.  It can be re-branded and changed – just use it!

We’ve acknowledged where we’ve used others’ work – and indicated where it came from.

Safer Internet Day 2019 will take place on Tuesday 5th February with the theme ‘Together for a better internet’.

The NSPCC has published updated information on e-safety for schools. Information and resources include: resources to help teach children and young people the skills to stay safe online; advice to share with parents and carers; and guides and example documents to help develop online safety policies and procedures.

ParentInfo is a regularly updated and free feed of information, advice and sources of support that schools can deliver to parents and carers – a pipeline of information they can integrate seamlessly into their own websites and use in other formats.The service aims to deliver information on a whole range of parenting themes, the emphasis being on helping parents and carers develop their children’s resilience to the risks and pressures they face in today’s world. The articles and videos cover difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet, body image and peer influence.

To support schools develop effective strategies to understand, prevent and respond to cyberbullying, Childnet have launched new cyberbullying guidance along with a practical PSHE toolkit for teachers.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published a report looking at the impact of social media on young people’s health following an inquiry launched in February 2018. The report looks at: the risks, harms and benefits of social media and screens; resources for schools and parents; and regulation and guidance.

Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2018. Ofcom has published a report on children’s media use in 2018. Three of the key findings are:

  • Children are still being exposed to unwanted experiences online, but almost all recall being taught how to use the internet safely
  • There has been an increase in parents of 12-15s and of 12-15s themselves saying that controlling screen time has become harder; however most 12-15s consider they have a struck a good balance between this and doing other things
  • Parental concerns about the internet are rising, although parents are, in some areas, becoming less likely to moderate their child’s activities

‘You can’t live without it’: Girls rights in a digital world Plan International UK has published findings from a survey of 1,002 young people aged 11-18 in the UK, which shows that: 48% of girls have experienced some form of harassment or abuse on social media; and 73% have taken specific actions to avoid being criticised online; boys are less likely than girls to experience abuse, with 40% reporting a negative experience and 59% taking evasive actions to avoid being criticised. The charity has also published a report looking at girls’ rights in the digital world.

Perils and Possibilities: Growing up Online  provides a global insight into young people’s opinions and perspectives on the risks they face as they move towards adulthood in a digital age.

Families and screen time provides an overview of advice for parents on how to manage their children’s use of digital media, drawing on the work of the Parenting for a Digital Future research as well as a literature review and mapping exercise of prominent sources of advice.