New Home Office Resource – Indecent images of children: guidance for young people

The Home Office has published guidance for young people to help them consider what is meant by the term “Indecent images of children“.

The guidance explores the following content:

  1. Overview
  2. Different terms and what they mean
  3. Working together
  4. Further information about the law

Schools may find this guidance helpful to share with young people as part of discussions relating to positive healthy relationships within Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

Schools and other professionals may find this helpful to share with young people, parents/carers and staff to enable them to have age appropriate conversations relating to the complexities and their understanding of this issue for young people. It may be particularly helpful when providing support and education (both preventative and reactive) regarding issues relating to youth produced sexual imagery (aka “sexting”).

Further guidance specific to recognising and responding to youth produced sexual imagery (aka “sexting”) can be found at:

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Childline launches new ‘For Me’ app to support young people via their smartphone

Childline has launched an app to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. The app has been named ‘For Me‘ to ensure that it can be discreetly installed, this means that if someone happens to see the young person’s phone they can’t tell it’s a Childline service.

‘For Me’ was created by 4 teenagers who realised there was an urgent need for young people to have easy access to confidential advice and support.

When Childline first launched over 30 years ago all contact was over the phone, with many calls being made from telephone boxes. How children and young people contact them now is dramatically different:

  • 71% of counselling sessions are delivered online via email and 1-2-1 chat
  • Last year, 1.8 million sessions on the Childline website were conducted via mobile devices.

The app, developed in partnership with Barclays, is now available as a free download so young people can easily access Childline’s online services.

These include:

  • 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor
  • ‘Ask Sam’ problem pages
  • Private locker – a personal area where young people can track their mood and write down their thoughts.

Schools may wish to share and highlight this app with pupils and staff; for example via the school website, newsletters or information around the school.

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Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) to be made statutory in all schools

Yesterday the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, announced that relationships and sex education will be made statutory in all primary and secondary schools, with schools required to teach this content from September 2019.

All primary schools in England will be required to teach age-appropriate ‘relationships education’ and all secondary schools in England will be required to teach age-appropriate ‘relationships and sex education’. Schools will have flexibility over how they deliver the subjects; faith schools will continue to be able to teach in accordance with the tenets of their faith and parent’s will continue to have a right to withdraw their child.

The current statutory guidance for Sex and Relationships Education was introduced in 2000 and has become increasingly outdated as it fails to address the risks that today’s children experience including cyberbullying, ‘sexting’ and staying safe online.

From 2019,  lessons will  be expected to have an age-appropriate  emphasis on what constitutes healthy relationships, as well as the dangers of sexting, online pornography and sexual harassment. A range of curriculum resources to help schools consider this can be found on Kelsi.

The amendments that the Government will table to the Children and Social Work Bill will also create a power enabling the Government to make regulations requiring PSHE to be taught in academies and schools maintained by the local authority, following further departmental work and consultation on subject content.

 

The announcement follows the launch of a new Government drive on internet safety.

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Government launches major new drive on internet safety

Ministers have begun work on a new Internet Safety Strategy aimed at making Britain the safest country in the world for children and young people to be online. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is leading the new cross-Government drive on behalf of the Prime Minister – with a green paper expected in the summer.

A report has been commissioned to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet, the dangers they face, and the gaps that exist in keeping them safe. Sonia Livingstone is leading this work together with Professor Julia Davidson and Dr Jo Bryce, on behalf of the UK’s Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Evidence Group.

Ministers will also hold a series of round tables in the coming weeks with social media companies, technology firms, young people, charities and mental health experts to examine online risks and how to tackle them. The round tables are also expected to examine concerns around issues like trolling and other aggressive behaviour including rape threats against women and will involve ministers and officials from departments across Government including the Home Office, Department for Education, Department of Health and Ministry of Justice as part of a coordinated effort to make the internet safer.

The work is expected to centre on four main priorities:

  • How to help young people help themselves
  • Helping parents face up the dangers and discuss them with children
  • Industry’s responsibilities to society
  • How technology can help provide solutions.

The focus will be on preventing children and young people from harm online and making the internet a safer place.

Further information on the UK Digital Strategy can be found here.

 

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Childnet Film Competition 2017 now open!

Open to all UK schools and youth organisations, the eighth annual Childnet film competition invites young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film about internet safety. All films must showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet and clearly reflect the chosen theme. The Film Competition is split into two age categories and schools or youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of participants.

  • Primary aged young people (7 – 11) are invited to create a 60 second film in response to the theme: ‘Be the Change – It starts with us’, looking at how young people can work together to make the internet a great and safe place.
  • Secondary aged young people (11 – 18) are invited to create a 2 minute film in response to the theme: ‘Be the Change – We’re online for good’, looking at what are young people doing to have a positive effect online. 

For both age groups Childnet are looking for creative, imaginative films which reflect a positive and inspiring message. Young people might express their ideas through comedy, animation, or music and are encouraged to consider different filmmaking styles such as creating an advert, campaign or documentary.

The judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, inspiring and have a clear message. The three selected finalists from both the primary and secondary age category will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be presented great prizes for their school or youth organisation to award their creative achievements!

To inspire young people to help others stay safe online, entrants are being encouraged to share their film competition stories on social media using the hashtag #bethechange.  Whether this is a message about the issues being explored, a picture from the creative process or even a tip from the young filmmakers, schools and youth organisations can share their updates with @Childnet.

Schools and settings can find out more information on the Childnet website (including information about copyright and top filming tips) and can email  film@childnet.com for an information pack.

Important dates

  1. Competition closes Monday 12th June 2017 (5pm)
  2. Finalists notified Monday 19th June 2017
  3. Screening and finalist’s event at the BFI Monday 3rd July 2017
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University of Kent Centre for Child Protection – Safer Internet Day Competition

Although Safer Internet Day  has now taken place for 2017, the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent are running a poster competition for schools. They are also providing a selection of worksheets (suitable for KS2, KS3 and KS4) based on their Lottie and Zak resources.

These worksheets are available to schools and settings even if they do not have access to the full suite of Zan/Lottie resources. If Kent and Medway schools are interested in attending this training at a special reduced rate then please contact the Centre for Child Protection directly for further information.

For further information about their competition (which ends on 10th March) and to download the resources please access their website here.

 

 

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#SID2017 – Top Tips for Young People and Parents

The following tips from the UK Safer Internet Centre may be helpful for schools and settings to share with learners and parents/carers so they can consider how they can help “be the change?” for this years Safer Internet Day.

How can young people ‘Be the Change’?

  • Be kind: use images and videos to make a positive impact, and think carefully about the impact on others before you share something online.
  • Be a critical thinker: seeing is not believing… when you see something online take a moment to see the full picture.
  • Be you: technology provides a powerful way to express yourself. Think about what your images and videos say about you, are you happy with the story you are telling? Don’t be pressured into doing something online you don’t feel comfortable with.
  • Be a digital citizen: report anything you see online, including images and videos, which are offensive, upsetting or inappropriate. Speak to a trusted adult if something worries you.
  • Be a good friend: look out for your friends online and make sure you are only posting images and videos that they would want to go online.
  • Be the change: use the positive power of images and videos to help create a better internet.

Also see top tips for under 11s and 11-18s

How can parents and carers ‘Be the Change’?

  • Be engaged: talk regularly with your children about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including how they communicate using images and videos. Perhaps you can start off by discussing your favourite emojis?
  • Be curious: technology continually changes, and while you don’t need to be a tech expert, you do need to be curious about the apps and services your children use, how they are used and what safety tools they have available.
  • Be there: the most important thing is to ensure that you are there if something goes wrong. Your child might be very embarrassed to discuss the issue they are facing so reassure them that they can turn to you no matter what.

Also see top tips for parents/carers

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Updated Kent Guidance for #SID2017 – Using Social Media and Technology in Education Settings

Kent County Council are pleased to announce that the “Using Social Media and Technology in Educational Settings” guidance has been updated.

In today’s modern society, social media is often considered to be an everyday communication tool. For many members of educational setting communities, social media is the most commonly used communication channel; it’s how people stay in touch with friends and family, but also how many people access local and national news or events. Schools, nurseries, playgroups and youth groups are increasingly turning to popular social media tools to increase their engagement with their wider community, for example, to communicate news and events with parents/carers.

The guidance (originally published in 2011-2) has been developed to help educational setting leaders consider their strategic responsibilities and safeguarding approaches when using social media. It should be read in conjunction with the Kent Online Safety Policy Template and the Acceptable Use Policy Templates and guidance.

The core guidance document explores a range of frequently asked questions and contains supporting material to enable leaders to make informed decisions regarding safe and appropriate use of social media and support their staff if they are using social media professionally.

The guidance also contains the following resources:

  • Template letters for parental engagement and awareness
  • Template disclaimers for Social Media sites
  • Tools to help leaders explore potential risks and document their decision making
  • FAQ guides relating to help leaders consider safe use of popular social media websites (Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, YouTube Channels and Twitter accounts).

These documents are all contained within the core guidance but are also available separately for ease of use.

The documents are all available on Kelsi or can be accessed via the links below.

Additional material has been used and developed with thanks to the following organisations:

Kent Educational Settings are encouraged to contact the Education Safeguarding Team if they require further information or have any questions or queries relating to official use of social media.

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Safer Internet Day 2017 – Today is the day! #SID2017

To mark Safer Internet Day 2017 young people across the UK are joining Government ministers, celebrities, industry figures, schools and police services to inspire people to ‘Be the Change’ and unite for a better internet today.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Over 1,000 organisations are supporting the day, including former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, the BBC, BT, Sky, O2, Vodafone, Lloyds Banking Group, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Google, NSPCC, Premier League football clubs and the UK Government, as well as police services, charities and schools across the UK, who are all coming together to deliver a range of inspiring activities. They have joined hundreds of individuals supporting the #SID2017 social media campaign to inspire positive action, which has reached over 5 million with a mass tweet which took place at 8.30am today.

To explore the power and influence of images in young people’s digital lives the UK Safer Internet Centre has delivered a range of activities including:

  • Schools across the UK are using the Education Packs and SID TV films to empower young people to use images and videos safely and positively.
  • Young people across the UK have been taking part in a youth photo campaign to create engaging photos to explore the power and influence of images in their lives, with images being exhibited at youth events across the UK today and in an online gallery.
  • People across the UK have been joining the #giveasmile social media campaign to use the power of emojis and selfies to help make the internet a more positive place.

A new study commissioned by official organisers of the day, the UK Safer Internet Centre, explores the power and influence of images and videos in digital youth culture, highlighting the positives and potential risks, as well as identifying the key skills young people need to navigate today’s online world.

Schools may find this research helpful to share with young people to stimulate discussions for Safer Internet Day 2017 and beyond….

Power of Image

New research launched to mark Safer Internet Day reveals that images and video play a central role in young people’s digital lives and are powerful tools of communication, self-expression and creativity.

  • The majority (84%) of 8-17-year-olds have shared a photo online, rising from 73% of 8-12-year-olds to 95% of 13-17-year-olds.
  • In the last hour, 1 in 8 young people (12%) surveyed said they had shared a selfie, almost 1 in 3 had used YouTube (31%), 1 in 4 had used Snapchat (25%), and more than 1 in 5 had used Instagram (22%).

Encouragingly, young people are using the power of image to make a difference:

  • 4 in 5 young people (80%) said that in the last year they have felt inspired by an image or video online to do something positive.
  • Two thirds (67%) have posted an image or video on the internet for a variety of positive reasons, including to support friends (40%); to share something interesting with others (31%); and to encourage others to do something positive (17%).

However, while many of their experiences were positive, many young people are having negative experiences online:

  • Almost 2 in 5 (38%) have received negative comments on a photo they have posted; this can have a real impact on young people’s expression, as 2 in 5 (40%) said that they sometimes don’t post images because of worries about mean comments.
  • More than 1 in 5 (22%) of 8-17s said that someone has posted an image or video to bully them.
  • 70% of 8-17s said they have seen images and videos not suitable for their age in the last year.
  • Almost half (45%) of 13-17-year-olds have seen nude or nearly nude photos of someone they know being shared around their school or local community.

Magnified pressures

Our image-focused digital culture can mean young people face pressures, including body image concerns. According to the study, on average young people take 12 selfies before they are happy to post one online and 43% said they worry about how attractive they look when they share photos online. Furthermore, 45% have used a filter in the last year to make themselves look better.

In particular, the study identified these trends mostly amongst 13-17 year old girls: almost two-thirds (61%) of them worry about how attractive they look when sharing photos online and nearly half (47%) of them have felt sad about their appearance after seeing a particular image or video online.

Risky behaviour

The study also highlighted the need for young people to better understand privacy controls when sharing images and videos. Over half (56%) of young people aged 8-17 years said they have shared images or videos on a public social media profile, with almost a third (31%) saying that most of the photos they share are on a public profile that can be seen by anyone.

Whilst just over half (51%) said they always think about what personal information they could be sharing before they post a photo or video online, nearly a third (30%) of 8-17 year olds have shared a photo they wouldn’t want their parents or carers to see. Almost a quarter (23%) said they don’t know how to control who can see what they post on social media sites.

More worryingly, the majority of young people have shared an image or video with a stranger: 65% of 8-17-year-olds have shared images or videos directly with people they only know online, with more than a quarter (27%) saying they have done so in the last day. Despite this, nearly 2 in 5 (38%) say they worry about losing control of an image they have shared online.

The research also emphasised the importance of developing young people’s critical thinking skills when using the internet. Although the findings revealed nearly three quarters (70%) of young people surveyed agree that images and videos can be misleading and don’t always tell the full story, 48% said they are more likely to trust something has happened if they see an image or video of it.

Will Gardner, a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said about the day: “It is fair to say that in 2017 the internet is powered by images and videos. This can magnify the risks and pressures that young people face, while also offering fun new opportunities for self-expression and creativity. Today’s findings remind us that with an ever-changing landscape, it is more important than ever to equip young people with the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos responsibly and positively. This Safer Internet Day young people around the UK are uniting to inspire a better internet. We need to harness this enthusiasm and empower them to ‘Be the Change’ and use the power of image to help create a better internet.

Minister for Online Safety, Tracey Crouch, said: “The internet has provided young people with some amazing opportunities, but one of our top priorities is protecting them from risks they might face online. The UK is a world leader in internet safety, and measures in our Digital Economy Bill will be instrumental in better protecting children from harmful content. But there is still more to do, and Safer Internet Day is a fantastic reminder that we all have a part to play in making the online world a safer place for our children to discover, explore and enjoy.”

Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, said: “The internet is a powerful tool that gives children and young people many fantastic opportunities – but protecting them from the risks they might face online or on their phones remains absolutely vital. That’s why I’m pleased to be able to support Safer Internet Day again this year, and look forward to hearing how schools and pupils take part. At the Department for Education, we’re continuing to work hard to make sure that young people, parents and teachers, are actively involved in promoting safe online practice, and we’ve been providing training and resources to support teachers in delivering the new curriculum, which includes e-Safety.

Need more ideas and information on SID 2017?

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Childrens’ Online Content Worksheet for SID 2017 from Ofcom and Childnet

As part of its support for Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7 February, Ofcom has  published a children’s online content worksheet for children aged 8-11.  created in collaboration with Childnet.

Children are surrounded by lots of different images every day. To understand what images and content they see, Ofcom asked them what types of things they look at, and what they would do if they saw something worrying or nasty. The worksheet shows children the results from Ofcom’s research, and encourages them to consider their own online use and what is appropriate for their age group. They can be used in school, or at home with parents/carers, and can help to prompt important discussions about being safe online.

Ofcom has a duty to promote and carry out media literacy research. As part of this work, they talk to children aged 3-15 about how they use and think about media, including the internet. They also talk to parents and carers about how they keep children safe when using different types of media.

Media literacy means people have the skills, knowledge and understanding to make full use of the opportunities presented by communications services, both new and traditional. All of Ofcom’s media literacy research is available online.

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