Parents Info – New poster to help raise awareness

Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone which looks to support schools in providing high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the Parents Info content on their own website, can signpost to the content or can use it in  other ways  e.g. sharing links or specific articles as part of their regular newsletters or in specific letters to parents etc.

The Parents Info service is free to schools and covers a wide range of subject matters, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’. Schools may find that members of staff as well as parents find the content helpful when responding to a range of online safety, safeguarding and parenting concerns both professionally and personally.

In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers common internet safety issues, but all of the content starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim of Parents Info is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient and is suitable for parents/carers with children of different and ages and abilities. If you are a school, you can find out more and register for Parent Info on the Parent Info site.

To help raise awareness, Parents Info have now produced a poster for schools to put up around the site/grounds or send home to parents. The poster can be downloaded here.

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Stay Safe Online App Launched

Vodafone UK, supported by the Vodafone Foundation, launched its partnership with The Scouts in January 2016 with the aim of helping young people develop improved digital skills, safety and confidence.

They have recently launched an interactive game as an app called “Stay Safe Online” which has been developed by We Are Digital and Sponge UK. The app is aimed at Cub Scouts and Scouts but schools and other settings may find it helpful to use the app with children within their online safety curriculum  to help develop skills in a fun and engaging way. Alternatively schools/settings may wish to send information out about the resource to their wider community.

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EIS Checklist response now available on the Safer Internet Centre Filtering Integrator list

In May 2016 (to be enacted from 5th September 2016) the Department for Education published the revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) for schools and colleges in England. KCSIE identified a number of key issues for schools and colleges to be aware of regarding online safety. The updated guidance identifies that schools are required to “ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or colleges IT system” however, schools also need to “be careful that “overblocking” does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.” Schools (and registered childcare providers) in England and Wales are also required under the Prevent Duty 2015  “to ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet in school, including by establishing appropriate levels of filtering”.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published two documents to help schools understand what may be considered as ‘appropriate’ filtering and monitoring.

  •  Appropriate Filtering – Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing ‘appropriate levels of filtering’
  • Appropriate Monitoring – Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing ‘appropriate levels of monitoring’

The UK Safer Internet Centre has also invited filtering providers and Integrators to self-certify their filtering systems using a checklist.

A self-certified checklist response for EIS and Lightspeed can be found on the UK Safer Internet Centres website. For education settings outside of Kent or those using alternative providers, a full list of current Filtering Integrator Responses and Filtering Provider Responses are also available on the UK Safer Internet Centres website.

Please be aware that the accuracy and integrity of the information contained within these responses is warranted by each provider. School leaders should make informed decisions when consider the most appropriate filtering and monitoring solution to meet their school’s needs.

We would urge Kent schools and settings to explore these documents so they are aware of how these systems can or cannot meet their specific needs and requirements with regards to KCSIE 2016.

For any online safety enquiries, Kent schools and settings can contact the Education Safeguarding Team. For any broadband or other IT enquires please contact EIS on 0300 065 8888.

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Kent Online Safety Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads and Curriculum Leads in Schools and Early Years Settings

The Kent Education Safeguarding Team will be providing a range of centralised events for Kent schools and settings regarding online safety which are available on Kent CPD online.

  • Online Safety (e-Safety) for Designated Safeguarding Leads”: is aimed at Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) and will explore the specific strategic and management responsibilities regarding online safety policy, practice and procedure, including managing incidents and making referrals. The course is aimed at schools and colleges. The event code is SCH 16/1301. Additional dates will be published during October 2016.
  • e-Safety for Early Years Managers / Designated Persons“: is aimed at Early Years Managers and  Designated Persons and will explore the specific strategic and management responsibilities regarding online safety policy, practice and procedure, including managing incidents and making referrals within early years settings. The event code for this event is EYC 16/243.
  • Online Safety (e-Safety) – Engaging Children, Young People and Families”: will focus on resources and educational approaches for curriculum and pastoral leads. One course is aimed for secondary/special schools (event code:SCH 16/1302) and one for primary/special schools (event code: SCH 16/1300)

A limited number of these courses have been published initially for 2016 to establish if there is a local demand from Kent schools and settings. If you or a member of your staff are from a Kent school and are interested in these courses but are unable to make the dates currently advertised then please contact to register your interest.


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Digital Parenting 5 – Pre-order your copies now!

Since it’s launch, Parent Zone have distributed a million copies of their excellent Digital Parenting magazine. They have been busy working on the new and updated 5th edition over the summer. Issue 5 will be launched on 10 October 2016 and Parent Zone are taking pre-orders now and an online version will be available in early October (this blog post will be updated when the link is made available).

Digital Parenting, produced in association with Vodafone, is only available via the Parent Zone website. Schools and organisations working with families can place orders of 50 copies or more, and they are completely free to order.

Copies will be sent out to schools and settings as soon as they are printed. Last year, printed copies ran out after a few months, so we’d recommend making sure that you get your order in early to avoid disappointment.

Schools and settings can still access the online version of Digital Parenting 4 here.
Other news and opportunities from Parent Zone:

  • Parents Zone have thousands of schools signed up for Parent Info, the free advice service for families from Parent Zone and CEOP, for schools to run on their own websites. KCC would encourage schools to sign up for free if they;ve not already done so.
  • Parent Zone have re-designed their membership area on
  • Parent Zone have partnered with Google to bring  Internet Legends assemblies to primary schools up and down the country, with hundreds of children learning about how to be ‘safe and epic’ online.
  • Parent Zone have launched their Family Champions reviews. It celebrates family-friendly tech, apps etc and is a useful guide for parents.
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Childnet resource update – Captain Kara and her new SMART Crew!

Updated in time for the new academic year, Captain Kara and her new SMART Crew give advice on how to stay SMART online.

The Adventures of Captain Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew are a series of videos created by Childnet to guide KS2 children through 5 key online safety rules. The videos include a real life SMART Crew of young people, updated in this latest edition, who help the cartoon characters make safe online decisions during their quest.

The Captain Kara cartoons cover a wide range of e-safety issues that are relevant to the lives of 7-11 year olds. With new supporting resources, including a quiz and print-out activities, Childnet’s hugely popular resource is given a refresh for 2016.

The “Adventures of Captain Kara” film is broken down into 5 sections, each covering a different online safety issue:


Young people are taught about what information they should keep safe and what information is okay to share online. This video explores the issues with telling strangers your real name, email address or home address.


Young people are shown that the people they talk to online are still strangers, and that they should not meet up with them in person. This helps them to understand that people online may not always be telling the truth about themselves.


The videos provide information about what to do if someone you don’t know sends you an image or attachment via email or instant message. It highlights the importance of not accepting these messages as they may contain harmful viruses or upsetting messages.


Critical thinking skills are taught to young people so they can identify what information online is reliable. The main message of this video is that anyone can post online, so you should always check information you see and compare it to other sources or check with an adult.


The most important lesson from the Adventures of Captain Kara is that if ever a young person is concerned or worried about something they have seen online they should tell a parent, teacher or friend. This short film explores the issue of cyberbullying and what children should do.

All of the Captain Kara videos and resources can be viewed for free on the Childnet website.

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New Childline campaign highlights unhealthy relationships and online safety for young people #ListenToYourSelfie

The NSPCC has today published a campaign designed to help educate children and young to spot the signs of online abuse and grooming.

Statistics from Childline, a service provided by the charity, show that counselling sessions for young people worried about online sexual abuse have increased by 24%.

  • 65% involved 12 to 15-year-olds
  • 28% involved 16 to 18-year-olds
  • 7% involved 11-year-olds and younger
  • Almost two thirds of counselling sessions regarding online abuse were girls

The online abuse category covers issues including grooming, sexual harassment and communications, pressure to engage in or view explicit material online and sexual extortion. One in eight of the counselling sessions in 2015/16 were related specifically to grooming which is an increase of 21%.

The internet is increasingly being used as a gateway by offenders to commit crimes including sexual assaults, sexual exploitation and grooming. To tackle this issue, Childline is today launching a new campaign, #ListenToYourSelfie which is aimed at helping young people recognise the signs of grooming and unhealthy relationships, both online and offline.

Funded by BBC Children in Need, the campaign features two films where selfies come to life and question a situation. “The Game” focuses on a same-sex online grooming scenario and “The Party” highlights peer-to-peer sexual pressure and grooming.

The Kent Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) would strongly recommend that schools and colleges share these resources with young people as well as staff and parents/carers to raise awareness of online safety. Schools and colleges may find these resources useful as a teaching resource within the PSHE curriculum to help stimulate age appropriate and credible discussions with young people to help them to identify the signs of grooming and  consider healthy and unhealthy relationships, both online and offline.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: “Most of us talk to people online and it’s a great way to stay connected and make new friends. But there are dangers. Young people may not understand what is right or wrong in a relationship, or what to do if something makes them feel uncomfortable, online or offline. #ListenToYourSelfie is aimed at helping young people recognise signs of being manipulated, controlled or exploited so they feel empowered to make their own decisions or choices. We hope that by putting this in the spotlight we can help young people to feel able to speak up if they feel worried or scared about a situation or relationship.

Childline founder, Esther Rantzen said: “The internet has brought many positive changes, for instance, most of Childline’s contacts from children and young people are now online. But it has also brought dangers, and online grooming is a real risk.  Very often young people tell us of their feelings of shame because they don’t recognise that they are not to blame. One young person who had been persuaded to send explicit pictures of herself told us ‘I walked myself into this mess, I couldn’t ask for help’. It can be very hard for young people to identify that they are being manipulated or exploited, or to recognise that something is not right. We want children and young people to know that Childline is there for them, whatever their worry, to answer any questions and offer support and advice.”

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“Lottie” Child Sexual Exploitation Training and resources at a 70% discount for Kent and Medway Schools

Operation Willow has negotiated with the University of Kent’s Centre for Child Protection to offer Kent and Medway schools a special price of £60 per delegate for the next academic year (usually £199).

The report ‘The sexual exploitation of children: it couldn’t happen here, could it?’ (Ofsted, 2014) highlights the need for professionals to be able to spot the signs of grooming and to have the knowledge and confidence to support young people and to help them keep themselves safe online.

Looking Out for Lottie is a training simulation that can be used to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) among professionals or in direct work with young people.  The training session will combine learning from research, serious case reviews and existing good practice with the use of the Lottie simulation to help you recognise the grooming process and identify young people at risk.

Lottie is a modern interactive simulation addressing the serious issues of online grooming and exploitation for professionals working with young people.  Lottie features the ‘boyfriend’ style groomer, and tackles the complexities of this seemingly normal online relationship, providing unprecedented insight into perspectives of both groomer and victim of CSE.  Through the use of a social media style interface, professionals are able to learn about grooming by tracking the behaviour of the groomer and see the implications for the victim.

The Lottie training package is suitable for a range of delegates including teachers of PSHE, Designated Safeguarding Leads, pastoral managers and governors with safeguarding responsibilities. Schools can send more than one delegate and following the training are given a login with one year’s access to the simulation and resources for use within their school with young people (Yr6 or older) and colleagues. Logins may not be shared, so schools should consider who would be the most appropriate person to attend the training.

To learn more about Lottie visit the Centre for Child Protection’s web site.

To book your place, at the discounted price, please follow the link here and click the Kent and Medway Schools’ Discount button.

If you would like to attend and want to pay by invoice, please email a purchase order to and quote Kent and Medway Schools’ Discount.

More information about CSE and Operation Willow can be found on the KSCB website.

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Kent Guidance for educations settings when dealing with complaints or issues raised on social networking sites

In January 2016 the Department for Education issued non-statutory guidance, “Best Practice Advice for School Complaints Procedures 2016” (for maintained schools, maintained nursery schools and local authorities). The advice is designed to help governing bodies understand their obligations and duties in relation to Section 29 of the Education Act 2002. As a result of this guidance, KCC has revised its model procedure for handling school complaints  in order to aid governing bodies in revising their school’s complaints policy and procedure.

In addition to the revised Model Procedure School Complaints Procedure, KCC has produced guidance for schools, nurseries and settings to help them when dealing with complaints or issues raised on social networking sites . An alternative PDF version can be found here.

This guidance has been written to enable education setting leaders to respond to an often difficult and complex issue with a clear understanding of potential implications, supported by realistic expectations of outcomes and to develop a consistent and appropriate response to try to ensure that positive relationships with parents and carers are maintained.

Further information about complaints for KCC education settings can be found on Kelsi.

Kent education settings leadership staff may wish to contact the following places for advice regarding specific concerns relating to complaints or issues  on social media sites:

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Online Safety in the Computing Curriculum Resources Updated for 2016-17 by Childnet

Childnet has updated their Online Safety in the Computing Curriculum resources ready for the 2016/2017 academic year.

The Computing Curriculum

The Computing Curriculum was introduced in England to give pupils the knowledge and skills they need to use information and communication technology in a creative and purposeful way, both inside and outside of school.

Technology plays a huge part in everyday life and it’s important that all young people have up to date information which allows them to navigate the online world safely, responsibly and positively.

Childnet’s Guides

Childnet has published four interactive guides to online safety in the computing curriculum; one for each key stage, which outline and explain the learning aims for online safety and signposts schools and educators to age-appropriate resources. Childnet have added new resources to the guides  for 2016-17 and has also updated links to existing resources. It is not required that schools use all of the resources highlighted and some resources can be used to deliver more than one online safety message. All the resources listed on the presentations are free for schools to use but some may require a user to sign up for a free account.

These guides provide schools with an excellent starting point for delivering competent online safety teaching. Effective online safety education however takes place across the curriculum and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2016 identifies that children should learn about online safety as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. Educators and schools are therefore strongly encouraged to consider how these resources can be used to teach online safety in other subjects such as Literacy, Drama, and PSHE, as well as within the Computing agenda.

We recommend that Kent schools ensure they follow the Childnet blog and newsletter to receive updates.

Content used with thanks to Childnet.


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