Safer Internet Day 2021 is on Tuesday 9th February 2021 – 2nd day, 2nd week, second month!
You can download resources as a parent from HERE
You can download recources as a teacher from HERE
Sit down as a family to watch the Legends family tackle everyday online situations and become stronger as a result. There are family friendly activities to download and print related to each of the three cartoon episodes. Learn about online scams, sharing information, secure passwords and phishing to name just a few things covered in this brief cartoon series.
Take a look now at https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/parents/adventure
The Department for Education (England) have released their new update to Keeping children safe in education. This revision for 2020 has some changes but few related to Online Safety.
Annex C relates specifically to Online Safety and has the following content:
The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation: technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in, and escalate any incident where appropriate.
The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:
• content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material; for example pornography, fake news, racist or radical and extremist views;
• contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; for example commercial advertising as well as adults posing as children or young adults; and
• conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm; for example making, sending and receiving explicit images, or online bullying.
There are also a series of links to resources to support Education around Online Safety these include:
• Be Internet Legends developed by Parent Zone and Google is a free internet safety curriculum with PSHE accredited lesson plans and teaching resources for Key Stage 2 pupils
• Disrespectnobody is Home Office advice and includes resources on healthy relationships, including sexting and pornography
• Education for a connected world framework from the UK Council for Internet Safety supports the development of the curriculum and is of particular relevance to RSHE education and Computing. It is designed, however, to be usable across the curriculum and beyond (covering early years through to age 18) and to be central
to a whole school or college approach to safeguarding and online safety.
• PSHE association provides guidance to schools on developing their PSHE curriculum
• Teaching online safety in school is departmental guidance outlining how schools can ensure their pupils understand how to stay safe and behave online as part of existing curriculum requirements
• Thinkuknow is the National Crime Agency/CEOPs education programme with age specific resources
• UK Safer Internet Centre developed guidance and resources that can help with the teaching of the online safety component of the Computing Curriculum.
Annex C goes repeats the advice from the 2019 version of the guidance talking about appropriate filtering and schools reviewing their online safety provision using the 360 Safe tool.
Education at home
Where children are being asked to learn online at home the department has provided advice to support schools and colleges do so safely: safeguarding-in-schools-collegesand-other-providers and safeguarding-and-remote-education
Governors and proprietors should ensure that, as part of the requirement for staff to undergo regularly updated safeguarding training (paragraph 84) and the requirement to ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online safety (paragraph 87), that online safety training for staff is integrated, aligned and considered as part of the overarching safeguarding approach.
Annex C concludes with a list of online resources for teachers and pupils:
Information and support
There is a wealth of information available to support schools, colleges and parents/carers to keep children safe online. The following list is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point:
Advice for governing bodies/proprietors and senior leaders
• Childnet provide guidance for schools on cyberbullying
• Educateagainsthate provides practical advice and support on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation
• London Grid for Learning provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements
• NSPCC provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety
• Safer recruitment consortium “guidance for safe working practice”, which may help ensure staff behaviour policies are robust and effective
• Searching screening and confiscation is departmental advice for schools on searching children and confiscating items such as mobile phones
• South West Grid for Learning provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements
• Use of social media for online radicalisation – A briefing note for schools on how social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq
• UK Council for Internet Safety have provided advice on sexting-in-schools-andcolleges and using-external-visitors-to-support-online-safety-education
Remote education, virtual lessons and live streaming
• Case studies on remote education practice are available for schools to learn from each other
• Departmental guidance on safeguarding and remote education including planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely
• London Grid for Learning guidance, including platform specific advice
• National cyber security centre guidance on choosing, configuring and deploying video conferencing
• National cyber security centre guidance on how to set up and use video
• UK Safer Internet Centre guidance on safe remote learning
• Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
• Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other
information about all types of media for children and their parents
• Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
• Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable
content, and parental controls
• Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
• Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
• London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
• Lucy Faithfull Foundation StopItNow resource can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
• National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
• Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
• Parent info from Parentzone and the National Crime Agency provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
• UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online
CEOP have published some home activity packs to help parents talk about and engage with their children around Online Safety.
“#OnlineSafetyAtHome has been created by the NCA-CEOP Thinkuknow Education Team to support parents and carers during COVID-19 and the closure of schools.“
“Each fortnight, we release new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities parents and carers can do with their child to support their online safety at home.”
You can find our more and download the PDF packs at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/
The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) has published a video designed for parents to help educate parents about the issues their children might come across in Roblox. The video is just under 13 minutes long.
Find out more for yourself on the LGfL site
It’s just two months until Safer Internet Day 2020, which will be celebrated on Tuesday 11th February 2020 with a global theme of: ‘Together for a better internet’.
Watch the video below to see what the focus is about this year:
From the safer internet team:
Are people free to be who they are online?
How can avatars help us stay safe online?
Do you think that everyone is fairly represented online?
They’re big questions – and they’re the ones we want to answer on Safer Internet Day 2020.
Focusing on identity online involves considering the information we share online, how others perceive and interact with us, and how online services identify us. It also includes thinking about how offline stereotypes and discrimination are challenged or reinforced online.
We want to inspire young people to support each other to be who they want to be, to celebrate difference, and create a truly inclusive internet.
Find out more for yourself from https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2020
Parentzone have a new video and pack to help families and schools address online gambling through simple gaming called ‘Gaming or gambling‘. It’s part of their getting ready for the Christmas break resources!
Watch their video below and download the FREE information pack at https://parentzone.org.uk/gaming-or-gambling
So you’ve caved in to pressure from your child and either ‘handed-down’ an old Smart phone or purchased one specially. From my own personal experience this seems to be around the 11th birthday certainly with children around here.
The next question (if it hasn’t already arisen) is “Can I get… (insert current social media phenomenon here)?
All the organisations say the WORST thing you can do is just say no. We know this closes doors and often leads to children going behind their parents backs to get onto social media meaning we also cut off the main avenue for support for those same children if anything goes wrong.
I read a recent article which included some great prompts for parents to use when having this difficult conversation.
Take a look at this article on “Common Sense Media”.
Yubo is a chat app which used to be called “Yellow – Make New Friends”. It is a social media app for iOS and Android devices which children are starting to engage with. Through the app users create a profile, share their location, and flip through images of other users in their area. It’s been called the “Tinder for Snapchat“.
According to the app’s Terms & Conditions it’s for ages 13+ (because of the COPA law) however because of the HIGH levels of sexual content and availability of location details sites such as Common Sense Media have recommended it for 18+ and even their children reviewers suggest it is for 17+.
Netaware also have a review of the app and go with the app’s own rating of 13+, but emphasise the sexual nature of the app and the high risk of exposure to drink, drug and crime!
There are new resources from Google to help children understand how to behave online. The resource is called ‘Be Internet Awesome‘ and is available at https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/. The resource includes fun online games around the themes of sharing (or not) online, spotting fake information and news, knowing when to and not to share secrets such as personal information and login details, how to behave in a kind way online and most importantly when to be brave and talk to someone else about an issue.