Online Safety Briefing: Term 2
This is the 2018-19 Term 2 (November-December) edition of the Kent Education Safeguarding Team’s Online Safety briefings, which aim to help Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in educational settings keep up to date with emerging online safety issues, as well as resources and research.
The following links are not endorsed, controlled or promoted by The Education People. This briefing should not be shared or forwarded directly to children, young people or parents due to the sensitive and potentially distressing nature of some content.
Before sharing content that name specific apps or websites, we recommend DSLs access the following links:
- LGfL: Parents – scare or prepare?
- The Guardian:
- Huffington Post: Is using your phone all the time impacting your dexterity?
- BBC: 'Video games made me a better surgeon'
- TES: 'Student crazes? Show interest, even if you're clueless'
‘Addiction’, Screen time and Mental Health
- The New York Times: The Big Myth About Teenage Anxiety
- iNews: Screen time may not have any affect children’s sleep, new study finds
- Huffington Post: Retouched Beauty Images Can Trigger Similar Brain Response To PTSD, Blogger Warns
Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
- Anti-Bullying Alliance: Children want adults to show more respect for each other ahead of Anti-Bullying Week
- TES: Calls to tackle cyberbullying following teen suicide
- Sky News: Watford teen hacker jailed for three years over bomb threats to schools and airline
Gaming and Gambling
- Dr Mark Griffiths: Myth world: A brief look at some myths about Gaming Disorder
- The Guardian: Video games becoming more popular among teenage girls
Information Governance, Privacy and Data
- ICO: Former headteacher prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal information
- The Guardian: What is #schoolshaming?
‘Sexting’, Sexual Harassment and Violence
Social Media and Technology
- Childnet: What is TikTok? Looking at the latest lip-syncing app
- The Guardian:
- Huffington Post: This 7-year-old youtuber, Ryan, is already richer than we will ever be
- The Daily Mail: Mother sues day care for posting video of her two-year-daughter being terrified by the Easter bunny on Snapchat before it went viral
Trust and Reliability
- Mashable: The skills kids need to avoid getting fooled by fake news
Teaching Materials, Tools and Videos
- BBC Own it: (KS2/3)
- Beano and Young Minds: Mandi Mobile (KS2/3)
- Think U Know: How you can keep young people safer online over the Christmas period ... and beyond!
Think U Know Harmful Sexual Behaviour survey
In the new year, CEOP will be developing a new Thinkuknow resource to help prevent negative sexual behaviour amongst young people. This can occur on a continuum, from ‘inappropriate’ to ‘problematic’ to ‘abusive’. It can occur in relationships and also within peer groups and is also known as ‘Harmful Sexual Behaviour’ (HSB).
CEOP are looking for professionals to share their experiences related to this issue by completing a short survey to help them to understand what types of HSB are most prevalent, what is currently being done to tackle it and what professionals think will help prevent it. Click here to complete the survey
Articles for Parent/Carers
- Huffington Post:
- CNN: What to ask when your child wants to use social media
- Internet Matters:
- Think U Know: Keeping your under 5 safe online
Resources for parents/carers
- Childnet: Digital wellbeing – Guidance for parents