Online Safety - Key Stage 3&4
Guidance, Resources and Articles
Cyberbullying: Understand, Prevent and Respond - Childnet International. Research reveals that it has increased to affect 12% of young people in this country. This guidance is designed to support schools in preventing and responding to cyberbullying. The guidance comprises of four main sections:
- Understanding cyberbullying
- Preventing cyberbullying
- Responding to cyberbullying
- Supporting school staff
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A Practical online safety PSHE toolkit with films and lesson plans to explore online issues with pupils ages 11-14 years old. A PSHE Association Quality-Assured Resource from Childnet International. Click on the logo for more.
This lesson and accompanying film explores the issue of 'sexting'. Through the toolkit activities, students will understand the pressures on young people to take and share sexts and learn about the consequences of doing so; exploring when actions have crossed the line. In addition to this there is clear signposting and advice on the law in relation to sexting and support in dealing with the pressure to send a sext. CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO ACCESS THESE RESOURCES.
It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe. That's why we've teamed up with O2. Together we're helping parents untangle the web. And teach their children to be Share Aware. Because, just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online. Click on the link above or the logo below for more resources.
Talk, Explore, Agree, Manage - 4 Simple Steps to Staying Safe Online CLICK ON THE LOGO BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
Pokémon Go is a game where you collect and trade cute creatures called Pokémon (Pocket Monsters). There are loads of good things about the game, and there's a reason it's become so popular. But it's important to learn the risks involved:
- Meeting people they don't know face-to-face
- There's a physical risk
- It can cost a lot of money
- Access to personal data
Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar This resource tells the true story of a 14 year old schoolboy who was lured to his death after being groomed online by Lewis Daynes. Breck's young gaming friends tell his story - a tale of manipulation and deceit engulfed, and sent shockwaves through the gaming community.
- Teachers' Background Notes
- Spotting the Signs - Student Notes
- Spotting the Signs - Teacher Notes
- Am I Safe Online? - Student Notes
- Am I Safe Online? - Teacher Notes
UK Council for Children Internet Safety (UKCCIS) - Sexting in schools and colleges - Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people (pdf)
How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers - Learn the impact of social media on youth. Experts say kids are growing up with more anxiety and less self-esteem.
Presentation highlighting issue of Webcam Blackmail - Refers to a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favours from the victim. Social media and text messages are often the source of the sexual material and the threatened means of sharing it with others.
What's the problem? - A guide for parents of children and young people who have got in trouble online. Click on the link to be taken to the Family resource page, then click on Online Safety.
Zipit App from Childline - If people are pressured into sending pictures of themselves this app provides a number of humorous pictures sending a clear message to the requester.
Social media and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
The report includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health. YouTube tops the table as the most positive with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
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18/07/16 BBC News - Social Media harms moral development, parents say Parents are concerned about the effects of social media on their children's character. A majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children's moral development, a survey has suggested.
18/10/17 BBC News - Twitter pledges tougher action against abuse Twitter is planning to impose new restrictions on pornographic and hateful imagery as part of a renewed effort to tackle abuse. The US company has also promised to review user complaints swiftly. But one leading UK charity has said the company needs to go further than "tinkering" with its existing rules. Click on the link to read more.
Leading thinktank warns that heavy internet use can have damaging consequences but says educating teenagers is more effective than limiting access. More than one in three British 15 year-olds are "extreme internet users" who spend at least six hours a day online. These same users are more likely to be bullied. Research also highlights the importance of equipping young people with the skills that help them counteract the emerging risks.
An exclusive investigation by Good Morning Britain has revealed that children as young as eight are being humiliated, harassed and bullied on social media platforms, with sexually explicit images of them being shared by other teens.
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