As part of the celebrations for Safer Internet Day 2018, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) have announced they have published a new online safety guide for those working with children, including school leaders and teachers, to prepare young people for digital life. The guide is available to download via the UKCCIS website or as a PDF here.
The ‘ Education for a connected world’ framework provides guidance on eight different aspects of online education:
- Self-image and identity
- Online relationships;
- Online reputation;
- Online bullying,
- Managing online information;
- Health, wellbeing and lifestyle;
- Privacy and security, and;
- Copyright and ownership.
The Framework has been developed by members of the UKCCIS Education Working Group. The UKCCIS Education Working Group brings together ten leading organisations in online safety in education:, Barnardo’s, CEOP (the child protection command of the National Crime Agency), Childnet, Department for Education, Kent County Council, the NSPCC, Parent Zone, the PSHE Association, South West Grid for Learning and the UK Safer Internet Centre. It focuses on how education settings in the UK are responding to the challenges of keeping their pupils safe online.
Jonathan Baggaley, CEO of the PSHE Association said: ‘We’re delighted to have supported the development of the UKCCIS framework. Education plays a critical role in preparing young people for the opportunities and challenges of this rapidly changing digital world. The UKCCIS framework provides an invaluable tool for teachers, supporting them to plan a developmental curriculum which will help children to thrive online.’
Ken Corish, Online Safety Director at South West Grid for Learning said: ‘Children and young people use technology in empowering and sophisticated ways in online environments that have become increasingly complex. Our approach to educating in this area requires a sophistication to match; it should resonate; be relevant and prompt the outcomes that affect cultural change. This UKCCIS framework has been designed to identify those opportunities for anyone shaping their teaching in this area from very young children right through to young adults. It brings the current online technology landscape into one document and maps those opportunities against age/developmental stage. We think it is both challenging and relevant and hope it assists in creating online technology education that makes a difference.’
Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said: ‘Barnardo’s welcomes this framework for educators to help children and young people of all ages stay safe and have a positive experience online. The fast-moving digital world puts increasing pressures on children which can affect their self-image and make them vulnerable to potential bullying and grooming online. This UKCCIS framework should be used by the tech industry to incorporate age appropriate safeguards into their apps and platforms to help prevent abuse happening.’
Kent County Council’s Education Safeguarding Team are delighted to have been involved in the creation and shaping of the framework as part of the UKCCIS Education Working Group. We encourage all Kent schools, settings and professionals to access the framework and complete the consultation survey available to help provide valuable feedback from practitioners to ensure it is fit for purpose, and enables us to prepare children for life in a constantly connected age.
Alongside the framework, the Prime Minister has announced plans to review laws and make sure that what is illegal offline is illegal online. The latest announcements follow the publication of the Government’s Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper last year which outlined plans for a social media code of practice. The aim is to prevent abusive behaviour online, introduce more effective reporting mechanisms to tackle bullying or harmful content, and give better guidance for users to identify and report illegal content. The Government will be outlining further steps on the strategy, including more detail on the code of practice and transparency reports, in the spring.
Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-next-steps-to-make-the-uk-the-safest-place-to-be-online