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The online safety blog has recently moved to a new location.

If you haven’t updated your favourites with the new address, you may have missed the following posts:

To continue to follow the blog in its new home, please visit the Education People website and register for an account here: www.theeducationpeople.org/register 

Once you have an account you can log in and subscribe to receive email notifications whenever a new blog post is added from the safeguarding team (and any others that are of interest), via the ‘My Account’ settings.

We look forward to sharing online safety and safeguarding content with you over in our new location.

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The Online Safety blog is moving home!

As part of the development of The Education People, the Kent online safety blog is moving to a new home. You can still expect the same quality information and content to be posted, just in a different location!

The most helpful and popular posts from the current blog have already been transferred over to the Education People site. They can be searched and accessed using the helpful category tags, although please be aware some tags are still being updated.

To get you started:

Next Steps

Please update any saved bookmarks for the blog to the new link:  https://www.theeducationpeople.org/blog/ 

Email subscribers to the blog will be contacted during May 2018 to enable followers to confirm that they wish to continue to receive email alerts.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries.

 

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Online Safety Briefing: Term 4 2017-18 #esafety #onlinesafety

This is the 4th edition (Feb-March) of the Kent Education Safeguarding Team’s Online Safety briefings 2017-18. The aim of these posts is to help Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in educational settings keep up to date with of some of the emerging online safety issues and research which may be of interest.

The following links are not endorsed, controlled or promoted by Kent County Council. This briefing should not be shared or forwarded directly to children, young people or parents/carers due to the sensitive and potentially distressing nature of some content.

Before sharing content that names specific apps or websites, we recommend DSLs access the following links:

Articles and Research

General

Cybercrime

Gaming and Gambling

Information Governance, Privacy and Data

Peer on Peer Abuse 

Professional Conduct

Self Esteem and Mental Health 

Sexual Abuse and Grooming

Sex and Relationships Education

Be aware that filters may block access to this content due to language and terms used

Social Media and Technology

Trust, Radicalisation and Extremism

Educational Content

Teaching Materials, Tools and Videos

Articles for Parent/Carers

Resources for parents/carers

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Being Smart with Your Smartphone – New resource for KS2 from Childnet and PSA

Childnet International and the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) have worked together to create a lesson called Being Smart with Your Smartphone, this resource is designed for teachers to use with 8-11 year olds. The lesson highlights that it is possible to spend real money through your smartphone and gives key strategies to avoid any mishaps.

The resources are split into 3 parts;

  • The Teacher Pack contain detailed lesson plan and extension activities. The lesson looks at the different ways that young people can spend money through their phones (such as in-app purchases or voting on a TV talent show) and gives them practical strategies to help them recognise them and know what to do.
  • The PowerPoint presentation  features examples to highlight in-app purchases and explore tricky terms and conditions.
  • The Student Pack includes worksheets and additional information for pupils.

Further information about the resources is available on the Childnet blog here and the resources can be downloaded here.

For further help and information on this topic:

 

 

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Google and Parent Zone launch new KS2 resources: Be Internet Legends

Google and Parent Zone have collaborated on a new internet safety resource for use with Key Stage 2 pupils in UK primary schools. TheBe Internet Legends‘ curriculum is a PSHE Association accredited scheme of work and is free for KS2 teachers to order.

Containing lesson plans, support materials, worksheets, poster and stickers, curriculum packs will be delivered to schools to encourage discussion and exploration of issues such as appropriate behaviour, critical thinking and risk-spotting. The aim of the resources are to make young people safer and more confident explorers of the online world, and to help educators get across important messages with age-appropriate activities, tips and discussion points. Be Internet Legends assemblies will also be visiting schools in 2018.

Teachers can find out more about the content, assemblies and order the resources at: http://www.parentzone.org.uk/be-internet-legends

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BBC launch new resources to challenge young people to spot “fake news”

The BBC have publish a collection of free online resources as part of BBC School Report’s annual News Day.

The resources are suitable for children and young people aged 11-18 and include online videos and lessons plans and an interactive ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style game “BBC iReporter” produced with Academy Award-winning animation studios Aardman Animation. The game, which can be played on mobile, tablet and desktop, aims to help young people learn to a range of journalism skills and experience for themselves some of the decisions journalists face – like checking facts and sources, selecting social media reaction and identify fake, false and inaccurate information. It gives the player first-hand experience of working in a newsroom facing the fast-paced pressures behind creating a captivating story, whilst maintaining impeccable accuracy, impact and speed and navigating the various pitfalls thrown up by potential fake news elements.

The game has been created with the help and input of BBC School Reporters who have helped shape the storyline and look and feel of the game throughout the design and build stages. You can play via www.bbc.co.uk/ireporter

They have also published films and lesson plans to use in the classroom which help to explain what fake news is and why it is a problem, look at sources and the issues around trust and tips on how to spot fake, false and inaccurate information. These resources are available here.

If you have any feedback or wish to know more about the project please contact the BBC via realnews@bbc.co.uk

Other links:

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Inquiry into the Impact of Cyberbullying on Social Media on Children and Young People’s Mental Health Published

Last year, Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, in partnership with YoungMinds and The Children’s Society, set up an inquiry into the impact of cyberbullying on children and young people’s mental health.

A survey, published today was carried out by YoungMinds and The Children’s Society; the inquiry took oral and written evidence from young people – including an online survey of 1,089 young people aged 11-25 – social media companies, mental health experts and children’s charities in order to explore the impact of cyberbullying on children and young people’s mental health. Its panel included cross-party MPs and vlogger Grace Victory, who has spoken out about abuse she has received online.

  • 62% of respondents were under the age of 18;
  • Three-quarters of respondents were female (75%);
  • Almost half of respondents (45%) said that they had experienced a mental health problem in the past.

One 15-year-old girl said:

You kind of expect to experience it: nasty comments on the selfie, Facebook posts and Twitter posts, people screen grabbing your Snapchat story to laugh about it… I feel like it’s something people don’t take seriously. But leaving just one nasty comment could really hurt someone.

Social media companies should take complaints more seriously. If someone reports something, they shouldn’t take days to review it, they should literally just remove it straight away. The reaction from adults is just delete your account to stop the bullying, but that’s taking something away from that young person’s life for something that’s not their fault.

What the survey revealed

  • 61% of young people stated that they had their first accounts at age 12 or under, despite guidelines for social media sites stating that you must be 13 years old to have an account.
  • In total, 44% of the young people surveyed stated that they spend more than three hours per day on social media.
  • One in ten (9%) young people surveyed admitted logging on after midnight every night; one young person said it was “almost like a drug”. Young people giving evidence to the inquiry described feeling judged and inadequate if they didn’t have enough likes or followers.
  • 62% of respondents said that social media had a positive impact on their friendships.
    • However, 38% of young people reported that social media had a negative impact on how they feel about themselves, more than those who reported it having a positive impact (23%).

Experiences of cyberbullying

  • Almost half (47%) of young people surveyed had experienced threatening, intimidating or nasty messages via social media, email or text. 
  • In total, 39% of young people reported having personal experience of online bullying in their lifetime, in contrast to 49% who reported experience of off-line bullying.
  • 27% of young people reported personal experience of online bullying within the last year.
  • In total, 60% of young people reported having seen somebody be harassed or bullied online.
  • An overwhelming majority of young people surveyed (83%) said that social media companies should do more to tackle cyberbullying on social media, whilst only 6% of young people disagreed with this.

What should be done

The report  identified a number of issues that need to be addressed to ensure that social media companies play their part – together with Government, schools, families and industry – in creating a digital environment that limits the prevalence of cyberbullying and its negative impacts on children and young people.

The report has made a number of recommendations to social media companies, and to the Government to ensure that the online world is a safe and enjoyable place for children and young people.

Summary of recommendations

  1. The Government requires social media companies to ensure that their platforms are age-appropriate, and that children and young people understand how their data will be used;
  2. Social media companies enable children and young people to understand their rights and responsibilities including their behaviour towards others.
  3. Social media companies provide timely, effective and consistent responses to online bullying
  4. The Government improves accountability by requiring social media companies to publish data about their response to reports of online bullying
  5. Social media companies prioritise the promotion of children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across their platforms
  6. The Government commissions additional research into the scale of online bullying, and its impact on children and young people
  7. The Government puts children’s experiences at the heart of internet safety policy development
  8. The Government educates children and young people to be safe and responsible online, and to know how to respond positively to online harms such as cyberbullying.
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Childnet call on young people to ‘Connect with respect’ and enter their Film Competition

Childnet has launched their ninth Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.

With the aim of encouraging young people to have respectful interactions online, the competition gives young people the opportunity to harness their creativity and share their understanding of online safety issues.

Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BAFTA, BBFC and BFI, the winning films will be shown at the finalists’ event in London and will be used as educational resources in schools across the UK.

This year’s theme focuses on how young people can ‘connect with respect’ and work together to make the better place for children and young people.

Important dates:

  • Competition opens: Wednesday 21st February
  • Competition closes: Monday 11th June
  • Finalists notified: Monday 18th June
  • Screening and finalist’s event at the BFI: Tuesday 3rd July

Connect with respect – how to take part

The Film Competition is split into two age categories and schools or youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of all participants. For both categories, young people must create a film in response to the theme:  ‘Connect with respect – a better internet starts with us!’

For both age groups, Childnet are looking for creative, imaginative films which show how young people can make a positive difference online. Young people might express their ideas through comedy, animation, or music. They are encouraged to consider different filmmaking styles such as creating an advert, campaign or documentary.

Childnet have developed resource packs including storyboard templates, guides to filmmaking and other useful documents to help schools and youth organisations engage and support young people in making their films.

Closing date and how to enter

To enter the Childnet Film Competition please send an email to film@childnet.com to request an information pack. If you would like any more information, or find out more and download the schools packs visit www.childnet.com/film-competition

Entries need to be sent to Childnet by 11th June, including entry and media consent forms which can be found at www.childnet.com/film-comp. There is also important information about copyright that entrants will need to consider.

Finalists Screening Event and Prizes

The shortlisted films will be shown on the big screen in front of industry guests and young people at the Childnet Film Competition 2018 Event at the BFI London Southbank and will also receive a BBFC rating.

The Film Competition winners will each receive a filmmaking kit for their school which includes a Canon DSLR camera, tripod and clapperboard.

The winners will be decided by an expert panel which includes:

  • Catherine McAllister, Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection at BBC Children’s
  • David Austin OBE, Chief Executive of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
  • Joanna van der Meer, Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at BFI Southbank
  • Lisa Prime, Children’s Events Programmer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
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Inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health launched

The Commons Science and Technology Committee has announced an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The committee says it wants to hear the views of young people themselves, as well as of teachers and youth workers.

Chairman, Norman Lamb, said it was vital to assess the benefits and risks; “Social media and smartphones are increasingly being used by children and young people. We want to determine the scale of the issues – separating out the understandable concerns from the hard evidence, and to identify what practical measures people are already taking to boost the benefits and blunt the potential harms. We want to hear from schools and young people, as well as from the industry and government.

The committee is particularly keen to hear details of any initiatives undertaken, by children, schools and youth organisations, to help young people cope with the demands of the digital world.

Other issues the MPs would welcome thoughts on include:

  • the wellbeing benefits from social media usage, including any apps that provide mental-health benefits to users
  • the physical or mental harms from social media use and screen-use, including safety risks and the extent of any addictive behaviour
  • any measures being used, or needed, to mitigate any potential harmful effects of excessive screen-use
  • what monitoring, controls or regulation are needed and where responsibility and accountability should lie for such measures
  • areas that should be the focus of any further research

Schools, children and young people, professionals or other organisations who would like to submit written views to the inquiry should do so – in no more than 3,000 words – through the committee’s inquiry page by 6 April.

Schools and settings may find this to be a valuable opportunity to work together with children and young people, to explore their views and experiences in the online world and to formulate a response.

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Online Safety Briefing: Term 3 2017-18 #esafety #onlinesafety

This is the 3rd edition (January-February) of the Kent Education Safeguarding Team’s Online Safety briefings 2017-18. The aim of these posts is to help Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in educational settings keep up to date with of some of the emerging online safety issues and research which may be of interest.

The following links are not endorsed, controlled or promoted by Kent County Council. This briefing should not be shared or forwarded directly to pupils or parents/carers due to the sensitive and potentially distressing nature of some content.

Before sharing content that names specific apps or websites, we recommend DSLs access the following links:

National Updates

Articles and Research

General

Gaming and Gambling

Peer on Peer Abuse 

Professional Conduct

Self Esteem and Mental Health 

Sexual Abuse and Grooming

Social Media and Technology

Educational Content

Teaching Materials, Tools and Videos

Resources for Parent/Carers

Articles

Additional content is also featured on the Safer Internet Day 2018 round-up available here.

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