Inappropriate resources for schools and settings: notice from the Education Safeguarding Team

The Education Safeguarding Team have recently been contacted by another Local Authority who has issued a warning to schools relating to inappropriate resources being sent by independent companies, apparently free of charge, for use in PSHE lessons.

Although seemingly harmless, these resources could potentially be damaging to young people due to the nature of the content and imagery.   In addition, they provide links to gaming sites, with the intention that pupils then make purchases through them, thereby generating income for the independent company.

Please could we remind schools to adequately research any resources sent by independent and/or commercial companies, to ensure there are no hidden messages or advertising, and that they are fit for the purpose they are intended.

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Rise Above: Resources for School from Public Health England #esafety

Today’s young people are facing increasingly complex lives, and are experiencing many pressures that can harm their physical and mental wellbeing and affect their educational attainment. Access to social media and the internet is now a part of young people’s everyday lives; it can improve communication and allow children and young people to express themselves. However living life through the prism of social media, can distort perceptions of personal appearance and social acceptance, and for some, can pose risks to health and wellbeing. It’s vital that young people learn how to confront these challenges and feel supported in doing so. Public Health England (PHE), the Government’s national public health agency, have created a new set of resources, the Rise Above programme, to help young people build resilience and cope with the challenges life throws at them.

PHE recognises the important role that schools play in supporting and guiding young people to make positive choices around challenging issues. They’ve developed a set of lesson plans to support teachers of 11-16 year olds in delivering PSHE classes.

The lesson plans have been developed in conjunction with the PSHE Association and are designed to help teachers engage young people on a variety of key issues, including: cyberbullying, body image in the digital world, online stress and fear of missing out (FOMO). Further lesson plans will become available later this academic year.

Each lesson plan includes:

  • learning objectives, outcomes, and key vocabulary
  • links to the PSHE Association Programme of Study
  • a resource list and preparation tips
  • a selection of starter activities to help teachers carry out an initial baseline assessment of students’ prior knowledge, skills, and understanding to track and evaluate their progress during the lesson
  • interactive main and plenary activities, featuring:
    • Rise Above’s interactive and role-play videos
    • many opportunities for peer-to-peer work
    • suggested key questions to ask students
  • time allocated to enable students to use the Rise Above website independently, allowing them to explore issues they may not feel comfortable discussing with the whole class
  • extension activity ideas

To download the resources, access the Rise Above campaign here.

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Digital Parenting Magazine 6 available now! #esafety

Now in its sixth edition, Digital Parenting, an online safety guide for families created by Parent Zone and Vodafone, is a FREE  resource for schools and other organisations working with families throughout the UK. Digital parenting can be accessed electronically (link coming soon) or can be ordered to give to parents/carers, as well as staff and visitors.

The 6th edition includes advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. It has helpful tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves.

It also contain updated guides to setting parental controls on apps and devices, and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play. The online version of the magazine will be published soon (this blog post will be updated with the link when it becomes available) and will include live links in the ‘Tools section’ to make finding out about parental controls even easier.

Schools and settings can order as many copies as required via the online order form. There is  a minimum order of 50 and copies may take up to 21 days to arrive.

Links to previous editions of the Digital Parenting magazine can be found on Kelsi.

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Childnet Online Safety Awareness Pack for Schools #esafety

Childnet have created a brand new School Pack for Online Safety Awareness with new and updated  resources to help schools teach online safety, and to help staff protect their own online reputation.

The pack includes:

  • An online safety calendar
    • Childnet’s updated online safety calendar includes key dates such as Safer Internet Day and Anti-Bullying Week, as well as  lesson themes and games. The calendar will help schools ensure that online safety plays a pivotal part throughout the year, and is embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • Social media – a guide for teachers and support staff
    • This guidance is designed to support staff’s personal and professional use of social media sites in order to keep staff, their pupils, and their jobs safe, and gives real life examples that will help staff to navigate the online world and respond to potential risks.
  • Teachers and technology: a checklist
    • This checklist is for using technology safely with young people. It outlines key points to consider when using technology in the classroom, at school and at home.

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) may find it helpful to download and share these resources with their staff as part of their safeguarding training and updates.  The resources will work well in conjunction with the Kent resources, including the Safer Professional Practice guidance and other associated resources, available on Kelsi.

Find out more and download the content by visiting the Childnet School Pack for Online Safety Awareness page.

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Back to School Resources from InternetMatters #OneWord

As children face increased digital pressure during the back to school period, Internet Matters have launched a new campaign, #oneword to help parents decode their digital lives. The campaign hopes to help parents understand their children’s hidden digital anxieties as they head back to school. It comes as a new survey by Internet Matters of over 10,000 schoolchildren (aged 6 to 18) revealed:

  • 52% would not speak to their parents if they had been upset by something online, compared to 91% who said they would turn to them if upset face-to-face.
  • Nine out of 10 (92%) of children said they would turn to their teacher if they had been upset face to face. Yet only 33% would turn to them if they had been upset by something online.
  • Children were more likely to turn to the police (60%), their friends (59%) or another family member (50%) before they told their parents about their online concerns.
  • 24% of children admitted they sometimes could not sleep because they were thinking about things that happened online.
  • One in seven children (14%) admitted to spending more than six hours online per day while one in three (35%) admitted they spend too much time online.

Internet Matters have created a range of  internet safety guides, videos and advice with parents and carers. 

 

 

  • Parents can check their children’s mobile devices are set-up safely here, including a simple video tutorial.
  • For a guide to common online safety concerns click here.
  • For top tips on how to start a conversation about online safety here.

Videos

Internet Matters have also created four short videos to help highlight how children may feel reluctant to open up to their parents if they get into trouble online. The videos focus on key issues including cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate content and the pressures to be popular online.

Schools and educational settings may also wish to share the following tips from Internet Matters with parents and carers.

Tips to help parents decode their children’s digital world:

Talk early and often   

  • Talk with children from an early age to make it easier to maintain good communication
  • Have bitesize conversations that are relevant to them

Choose the right time

  • Choose to talk when you are due to spend some time together, like over a meal or during their bedtime routine
  • Bring digital experience into normal, everyday conversations.

Open up and share too

  • Model the behaviour you want them to show by sharing about your day   
  • Be open and encouraging to make them feel supported.                   

Create a safe space for your child

  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Ensure that your child feels listened to rather than cornered
  • When they start talking, hold off with questions and really listen
  • Be prepared, calm and patient with them.

Three tips from Internet Matters Expert, Dr Linda Papadopoulos on decoding digital anxiety:

  • Children may feel embarrassed or humiliated to tell you about what they’ve seen online so often asking ‘How was your day?’ doesn’t always work; try asking ‘what were the best and worst things about your day? It will elicit a more thoughtful response.
  • Bed time provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your child about their digital anxieties. Children employ delay tactics when going to bed, so use it to your advantage and start a conversation about their online world. Remember a good night’s sleep is invaluable in allowing them to feel refreshed to tackle issues on their own.
  • Once you’ve managed to decode their digital world, keep conversations going and stay involved with what they’re getting up to online.

Ideas for Educational Settings

The resources will be useful for early years settings and schools to share with parents/carers. Suggestions to use these resources include:

  • Sharing them directly with parents/carers throughout the term (on throughout the school year) via email and/or newsletters.
  • Sharing resources such as the videos or infographics via official social media platforms such as the settings Facebook page or Twitter account.
  • Using the resources (as appropriate to their age and ability) with learners  to stimulate discussions about online safety. Likely to be best used with upper KS2 and KS3/4.
  • Using the resources within the classroom and working with learners to create other resources – for example new videos, conversation starters or guides for setting controls on their favourite apps/games. These can then be shared with parents/carers.
  • Use the resources as a stimulus for working with learners to create their own ‘parental contracts’ or agreements to take home.
  • Designing and undertaking their own survey about  how learners in the setting use the internet.
  • Don’t forget that many staff will be parents/carers as well, so share the resources in the staff room or via staff communications.

 

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Updated Kent Online Safety Guidance and Resources #esafety

The Kent Education Safeguarding Team have updated a range of online safety guidance documents and resources for educational setting leaders, managers and Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).

The following documents or updated content is available via Kelsi:

Kent educational settings can consult with Rebecca Avery, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) and/or Ashley Assiter, e-Safety Development Officer,  regarding online safety.

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Updated Kent Online Safety Guidance: Online Safety for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) #esafety

The Kent Education Safeguarding Team have updated the ‘Online Safety for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ‘  for September 2017.

The document considers:

  • What is different for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?
  • Online safety messages
  • Education and training
  • Acceptable use rules
  • Engaging parents and carers
  • Policies and procedures
  • Technology and infrastructure
  • Reporting concerns
  • Useful Resources

Kent educational settings can consult with Rebecca Avery, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) and/or Ashley Assiter, e-Safety Development Officer,  regarding online safety.

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CEOP Think U Know: Youth Produced Sexual Images Survey

The CEOP Think U Know team  are looking for  professionals working within schools or police forces to  complete a survey regarding youth produced sexual imagery (‘sexting’).

Following the launch of the UKCCIS Guidance ‘Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people’ in November 2016, this survey is designed to capture the prevalence of cases being handled by schools and police forces, and how the guidance is being utilised. All responses will be anonymised, and will help to inform future resources and areas of work, as well as a national event aimed at key strategic decision makers at a local and national level. The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and CEOP thank you in advance for taking the time to complete it.

To complete the survey for schools click here.

To complete the survey for police forces click here.

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Updated Kent Online Safety Guidance: Engaging Families in Online Safety #esafety

The Kent Education Safeguarding Team. have updated the ‘Engaging Families in Online Safety‘ guidance document for September 2017.

The document contains updated guidance for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs), leaders and managers to assist them in exploring a range of approaches to engage with parents and carers in online safety.

The document considers:

  • Why do some parents not engage with online safety?
  • What are the key messages we should be sharing with parents?
  • How do we run an effective online safety presentation for parents?
  • How else do we engage parents and carers with online safety?
  • Useful links and resources to help educational settings deliver effective sessions for parents and carers

Kent educational settings can consult with Rebecca Avery, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) and/or Ashley Assiter, e-Safety Development Officer,  regarding online safety.

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Updated Kent Online Safety Guidance: Dealing With Complaints by Parents or Carers on Social Networking Sites #esafety

The Kent Area Education Officers (AEOs) and Education Safeguarding Team have updated the  ‘Dealing With Complaints against Schools and Settings by Parents or Carers on Social Networking Sites‘  for September 2017.

The document contains:

  • Updated guidance for leaders and managers to assist them in with responding to complaints made on social media sites by parents/carers
  • Updated template letters
  • New flowchart
  • Information on legislation
  • Suggested preventative action
  • ‘Dealing With Complaints against Schools and Settings by Parents or Carers on Social Networking Sites’

Kent educational settings can consult with Rebecca Avery, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) and/or Ashley Assiter, e-Safety Development Officer,  regarding online safety.

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