An important framework produced by the UK Child Internet Safety Centre (UKCIS) for use in primary and secondary schools and covering areas such as Self-Image and Identity, Online Bullying, and Copyright and Ownership.Read More
A new guidance document from the Department for Education for primary and secondary schools to help them to provide the knowledge and skills training to children and young people to empower them to use the internet safely.
Topic areas covered include:
How to evaluate what children and young people see online
How to recognise techniques used for persuasion
How to identify online risks
How and when to seek support
Barnardo’s has released a research report into young people’s use of social media, with a specific focus on the effect of using social media platforms on mental health. The authors explored the views of children and young people, parents/guardians/carers and frontline Barnardo’s practitioners.
The report found that:
78% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 had accessed unsuitable or harmful content through social media
84% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 were able to use social media to access advice and help for mental wellbeing
Children and young people want guidance on social media to focus on the stories of children and young people who have first-hand experience of social media.
A new free pack from Google and Parent Zone which can be ordered from the website to help Key Stage 2 students to learn about Online Safety in an empowering and evidence-based way. The pack includes PSHE Association-accredited lesson plans and activities.Read More
A comprehensive and interactive toolkit resource developed by the SELMA partners to empower secondary school students to find out more about what constitutes hate speech, how reading and absorbing hate speech affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing and what young people themselves can do to tackle hate speech online. The toolkit can be used in PSHE, RSE, Citizenship, ICT lessons or used outside of school by youth clubs and other organisations.
The toolkit aims to develop 3 skill areas:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) which helps young people develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making
Media literacy (ML) which gives young people the ability to analyse, evaluate and create online media messages across a variety of contexts
Citizenship education (CE) which empowers teenagers to make constructive and ethical choices about personal behaviour and social interactions.
With more secondary school pupils choosing to play online games and the likelihood of them progressing onto pay-for games as they get older, they need to be aware of the potential scams that they may encounter whilst playing online games. The information from Action Fraud can be incorporated into Key Stage 3 and 4 PSHE and ICT lessons to inform students about these scams.Read More
The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a report highlighting young people's experiences of asking for, giving and receiving consent online. Findings from the survey of 2,004 children and young people aged 8- to 17-years-old in the UK shows that they may not know they need to seek permission, or may not understand the impact that sharing without consent can have.
Figures show that: 84 per cent of children and young people believe everyone on the internet has a responsibility to be respectful to others; 48 per cent said that people their age don’t always think before they post something online; 52 per cent said someone they know shared a photo or video online of them without asking first; and 15 per cent worry about losing control of a photo or video they have shared online.Read More
A commentary of research carried out by University College London which explores the range of screen-based activities that children and young people perform and the effect that has on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. 82 reviews conducted between 2007 and 2018 are explored, covering activities such as social media use, internet use, sexting and smartphone use.Read More
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published guidance for clinicians and parents on screen time use and the effects of screen time on children and young people. A systematic review of evidence found that children with higher screen time tend to have: a less healthy diet, a higher energy intake, and more pronounced indicators of obesity; more depressive symptoms, although it has been found by some studies that some screen time is better for mental health than none at all.Read More
A campaign toolkit designed by the UK Safer Internet Centre for Safer Internet Day which can be used by organisations to promote safe use of the internet by children and adults.
The campaign toolkit contains some key things to help you do this, including:
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