Bursting the Bubble: why Online Safety Education needs to EVOLVE

So What by Roy Lichtenstein

So What by Roy Lichtenstein

Introduction   Since the release of the Byron Report in 2008 and the subsequent Government action plan that saw the creation of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), online safety has been a significant area that remains at the heart of child protection within the UK. It is becoming increasingly apparent that technology is threaded through many aspects of safeguarding, from sexual predation and exploitation to bullying and child abuse, […]

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Multi-modal approaches to bullying

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ENABLE.eun.org

Introduction Since late last year SWGfL have been involved in a project with the European Commission DG Justice to develop an approach to bullying that shifts from the linear perpetrator/victim to understanding and influencing the wider social dynamic around these incidents. The project focuses on developing the emotional intelligence of students (in this pilot 12-14 year olds) to verbalise, challenge, rationalise and intervene effectively when conflict arises through, amongst other things,  SEL […]

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Parents and Online Safety: what can I expect from my child’s school?

What questions to ask?

What questions to ask?

Online Safety: what can I expect from my school? Sexting? Addiction? Gaming? Cyberbullying? Grooming? There doesn’t seem a day goes by when the media headlines doesn’t draw panicked attention to the risks young people face in the online world they seem to inhabit with such disdain and immersion. And as parents, we feel entitled to become worried. If you’re one of those adults who are not comfortable with the intricacies of technology, […]

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Making the Connection: engaging parents with online safety

Strategies for schools for effective parental enagagment with online safety

Strategies for schools for effective parental enagagment with online safety

Parents: the keystone in a successful online safety strategy When schools began their journey over a decade ago to embrace technology and connectivity within the classroom, there was one overriding consideration. The need to ensure duty of care in providing a safe place for children and young people to be. Whilst broadband connectivity offered immense opportunity to enhance teaching and learning, it also allowed open access to an online world where risk […]

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E-safety still on the agenda? Ofsted think so …

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www.dare.org

Introduction The removal of ancillary inspection briefing sheets for inspectors from the Ofsted website in June of this year signalled a mixture of responses from those whose work concerns effective online safety strategies. For schools the briefing sheet “Inspecting E-safety” was a useful set of criteria and questions that assisted in aligning existing practice. For those involved with supporting schools with Online Safety, there has been understandable concern about whether their removal has suggested that online […]

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Waving silently: technology and self-harm

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Favim.com

The following blog is long; it needed to be. It is an article written for “Every Child Journal” a subscription educational publication part of the Imaginative Minds Group. I have attempted to explore self-harm in the context of online behaviour; what research currently tells us; current expert opinion from those who support children and young people with self-harm and how those of us with responsibility for online safety might consider adapting current interventions to understand, ameliorate or […]

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Risk and Harm? There is a difference …

(c) John Atkinson
http://wronghands1.wordpress.com

(c) John Atkinson http://wronghands1.wordpress.com

Sexting? Pornography? Revenge porn? Cyberbullying? Trolling? Self-harm? Stalking? Young people’s use of online technology may look as though it is a new and unprecedented challenge, but one thing history teaches us is “ever has it been thus”. Around 400 BC, Socrates wrote: “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when […]

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Making the Right Mistakes

Person of your dreams...

Person of your dreams...

Whilst transition offers many new exciting opportunities it is often a time of unique vulnerability: new environment; new social scene and new freedoms. The move to higher education is designed not only to broaden horizons but also build a skill set that prepares an individual to succeed in a global society. And where online technology is concerned that means truly global. Reputation is key to how a person interacts and is judged by others […]

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Standing Out from the Cloud

Lonely Ocean Cloud

Lonely Ocean Cloud

Things have changed …   Ask a pupil or student where the internet is. It’s a question that can prompt a whole range of odd physical reactions that invariably result in glances upwards and pointing randomly somewhere above them. Watch a frustrated mobile phone user try to get a better signal by holding their mobile phone higher. And to be honest it’s not surprising with phrases like “in the cloud” or “all […]

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Education Committee PHSE & SRE consultation: a SWGfL response from guest blogger Vicki Green

Sex Education

Sex Education

The Education Committee in April 2014 announced an inquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools. The consultation asked contributors to consider the following points: Whether PSHE ought to be statutory, either as part of the National Curriculum or through some other means of entitlement. Whether the current accountability system is sufficient to ensure that schools focus on PSHE. The overall provision of […]

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