Online Safety - Key Stage 5
UK Council for Child Internet Safety - Recently the UK Council for Child Internet Safety produced advice for schools on how to deal with incidents of sexting. In parallel to this advice the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) have now produced new guidance for police in how to deal with Youth Produced Sexual Imagery.
Section 2 of the UKCCIS guidance identifies some limited scenarios where schools may chose not to inform police. Under these circumstances, where it is clear that the images are on the internet, to avoid the re-victimisation of the victim and distribution of images, schools should liaise with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) at the following link IWF
Gloucestershire Constabulary will continue to work closely with schools across the County to educate pupils in internet safety. If you would like an officer to visit please contact Darren Peters on 01452 752156
UK Council for Child Internet Safety - Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people.
Tech Abuse: Gender and IoT (G-IoT) Resource List
This resource list is intended as supplementary material to better inform and guide victims of technology-facilitated abuse as well as those working with them.
It lists organisations which produce guidelines and advice, and highlights known methods of abuse which perpetrators may exploit.
The resource list has been developed by a socio-technical research team at University College London. Click on the image to view the full list. (updated March 2019)
Staying Safe Online
Stonewall in partnership with Childnet have updated Staying Safe Online - Practical strategies to best support all children and young people online, including those who identify as LGBT. Click here to view the article. Published February 2020.
UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities, Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with a mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people. It coordinates Safer Internet Day across the UK and provides support with online safety issues via a helpline to professionals working with children and young people. The centre has produced a range of education packs covering all year groups to help schools promote internet safety.
Sextortion is a crime rapidly on the increase.
Also known as ‘webcam blackmail’, it refers to criminals deceiving webcam users into unclothing and performing sexual acts.
This footage is recorded and then used to blackmail victims for money.
It is an international, organised crime, making it difficult for the police to capture the criminals responsible.
Hampshire sexting victim felt she was 'in a zoo'
When she was 14, Megan Hinton was tricked into sending a naked photo of herself over social media and suffered abuse at school as a result.
She was trying to fit in at a new school, after being bullied at her previous one. She thought she was being pressured by a boy she was friends with to send the picture. In fact she had been tricked by a girl from her year group, who shared the picture with other pupils.
Megan, now 19, has joined forces with Hampshire Constabulary to make an educational film about her story, for Safer Internet Day.
New ‘Online blackmail’ resource from NCA-CEOP gains our Quality Mark
We have granted our Quality Mark to ‘Online blackmail’ — a new resource pack from NCA-CEOP designed to support 15-18 year olds to identify and discuss online blackmail in a safe environment.
‘Online blackmail’ is free-to-access and aims to support young people to recognise key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, including early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour. It also explores the potential impact of online blackmail and provides sources of further support for those who experience it.
The pack includes a lesson plan, worksheets and slides to support delivery. Note that ‘Online blackmail’ is not designed for home learning, but will support you when planning the RSE aspects of your PSHE education curriculum for September.
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