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Events – January

Event For who Location Date Registration
Online Safety training (England) Teachers, guardians and youth workers Online webinar 17 January (10:00) Register now
Online Safety training (England) Teachers, guardians and youth workers Online webinar 18 January (10:00) Register now
Online Safety training (England) Teachers, guardians and youth workers Online webinar 18 January (13:30) Register now

The government is working closely with various organisations to empower citizens to make informed choices and remain safe online.

Below is a list of resources you can engage with to develop your online skills:

Avoiding upsetting or potentially harmful content

Project evolve: ProjectEVOLVE aims to “evolve” the online safety messages that children and young people are being taught into something more appropriate; more meaningful; that encourages reflection; that generates positive outcomes. Email: esafety@swgfl.org.uk

Headstart Kernon Digital Resilience: Provide professionals and parents with supportive resources to help them make informed judgements on online harms and risks disclosed by young people. It provides a tool and a series of podcasts for professionals and parents to talk about online safeguarding issues and how to respond to them. Email: aphippen1@bournemouth.ac.uk

The Connected Learning Centre: The Connected Learning Centre (CLC) support schools and other settings in using digital technologies creatively and critically. It aims to embed technology use into all areas of the curriculum based on the principle that every young person deserves the digital skills and critical mindset to prepare them for life. Email: hello@londonclc.org.uk

Index of Online Harms: LGBTQ+ Young People: The Index of Online Harms for LGBTQ+ Young People Aged 7-18 provides advice for professionals, broken down into the strands from the Education for a Connected World Framework – with each strand of the framework is summarised into at least one likely harm. Email: info@internetmatters.org

Glitch: Glitch is a UK charity that is working to end online abuse — particularly against women and marginalised people. Email: info@glitchcharity.co.uk

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)]: British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) focuses on helping children and families choose well by providing them with the guidance they need to help them choose what’s right for them and avoid what’s not. Their PSHE resources for Key Stages 1 – 3 support teachers to deliver the statutory RSE curriculum and promote digital resilience and online safety skills in the context of age ratings and using VOD platforms. Email: helpline@bbfc.co.uk

Reporting inappropriate content

Swiggle: Swiggle is a child-friendly search engine that uses the very latest search technologies to make your searches more useful. It not only gives you safer access to online content but encourages responsible behaviour too. Email: esafety@swgfl.org.uk

360safe: 360-degree safe helps schools review their online safety policy and practice. The review takes you through each aspect of online safety, helping you to collaborate, report, and progress. Email: 360safe@swgfl.org.uk

Preventing online harassment

Step Up, Speak Up: A practical campaign toolkit to address the issue of online sexual harassment amongst young people aged 13-17 years. The toolkit includes a range of resources for young people and the professionals who work with them. Email: info@childnet.com

Just a Joke: Resources for educators designed to explore problematic online sexual behaviour with 9-12-year-olds. The resource focus on online sexual harassment based on gender or sexual orientation stereotypes, body-shaming, nudity and sexually explicit content. Email: info@childnet.com

Managing privacy

Recognising misinformation and disinformation

The Uses of Media Literacy: The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University has delivered a series of research projects, data commissions and consultancies and published a range of academic outputs, resources and toolkits on the efficacy of critical media literacy in boosting the resilience of citizens, and especially young people, to misinformation and broader online harms. Email: jmcdougall@bournemouth.ac.uk

Find the fake!: This fun, interactive quiz provides a way for families to improve, discuss and test their knowledge of fake news, including what it is and its real-world impact, so they are better equipped to spot it and stop its spread online. Email: info@internetmatters.org

NewsWise: NewsWise aims to empower children with the skills and knowledge to engage with and enjoy news, to feel confident to ask questions and to challenge misinformation, and to have their own values and opinions. Email: newswise@theguardianfoundation.org

The Day: The Day publishes daily news and curriculum-linked activities to help teachers inspire pupils to become critical thinkers and better citizens by engaging their natural curiosity in real-world problems. Email: enquiries@theday.co.uk

PSHE education Programme of Study (key stages 1-5): PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is a school curriculum subject that supports children and young people to be safe, healthy and equipped to deal with life’s challenges and opportunities. The PSHE education curriculum includes extensive coverage of media literacy and digital resilience. Email: info@pshe-association.org.uk

NewsGuard: NewsGuard was founded in 2018 by a team of journalists to combat the rising problem of online misinformation and help restore trust in the media. Their experienced journalists have rated and reviewed over 6,500 online news and information websites to help people decide which news sources to trust. Email: Alex.cadier@newsguardtech.com

The Student View: The Student View is a network of pop-up newsrooms in schools across England, where journalists volunteer and support schoolchildren from underrepresented groups in the media to spot misinformation and launch their own local news investigations. Email: info@thestudentview.org

Ensuring online safety

360Early Years: 360 Early Years is a simple tool that allows Early Years and pre school settings to review and improve their online safety practice for the benefit of the setting itself and for the children, staff/volunteers and families. Email: 360safe@swgfl.org.uk

The News Project: Run by London CLC in collaboration with First News Education, this project for Y5 teachers and their classes aims to establish a community of news-savvy pupils who understand where news comes from and are developing their ability to read, write and discuss the news in a critical way, with and without technology. Email: jgoddard@londonclc.org.uk

Chayn Do-It-Yourself Online Safety guide: Chayn is an open-source organisation that leverages technology to support women tackle violence and oppression so they can live happier and healthier lives. Chayn has particular expertise in online abuse and safety, and their DIY online safety guide provides guidance and tips on staying safe online. Email: team@chayn.co

Facebook Safety Center: Facebook’s Safety Center contains general security and safety information relating to our policies and tools, as well as helpful user guides and resources.

Childnet Digital Leaders: A peer-led online safety programme open to all UK schools and youth settings. Groups of digital leaders work through online modules, equipping them with the skills they need to go on to educate and support their peers. Email: leaders@childnet.com

Digiduck: Created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3-7 about online safety. It includes ebooks, PDFs, a poster and an interactive app. Follow Digiduck and his pals in these stories of friendship, responsibility and critical thinking online. Email: info@childnet.com

STAR SEND Toolkit: The STAR Toolkit provides practical advice and teaching activities to help educators explore online safety risks with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Key Stages 3 and 4. Email: info@childnet.com

Challenging extremism and radicalisation

Digital Resilience Working Group: The Digital Resilience Working Group (DRWG) of the UK Council on Internet Safety is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy that enables individuals and skills to have the digital skills and emotional understanding to be able to take action when they encounter problems online. The DRWG hub features the Digital Resilience Framework, Case studies, blogs and related resources for supporting the development of digital inclusion in different settings and contexts.


Digital parenting skills

What is a friend?: ‘What is a Friend?’ was developed to support parents/carers and teens to have better conversations by finding advice and guidance bespoke to their additional needs. What is a Friend? provides parents/carers with a range of activities they can do together with their SEND teen to equip them with the know-how to recognise what it means to be a good friend online. Email: info@internetmatters.org

Resilient Families: The Resilient Families programme is a package of fully remote learning lessons and CPD training for schools and organisations, aimed at providing teachers and other family-facing professionals with an understanding of digital resilience and the skills and tools needed to support parents to develop digital parenting skills. Email: members@parentzone.org.uk

Parent Zone Membership: Parent Zone Membership is a resource and support service for all schools, organisations and family professionals, providing expert online safety and digital resilience tools and education. Email: members@parentzone.org.uk

Digiworld: Digiworld is designed to help children aged between 5 and 16, their families and their schools to develop the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the online world in a safer and more enjoyable way, while promoting digital resilience. Email: info@parentzone.org.uk

Facebook Parents Portal: Facebook’s Parents Portal offers tailored advice to adults on how to ensure children in their care are using Facebook safely and have a positive experience online.

LEGO Build & Talk: The LEGO Group’s Build & Talk series helps parents and caregivers have meaningful conversations around challenging yet important digital safety topics with children, aged 7 to 11. Through playing and building or drawing characters representing risky online behaviours, children can learn about the digital world and build the skills they need to become responsible digital citizens. Email:https://www.lego.com/en-gb/service

Managing targeted advertising

Media Smart: Media Smart exists to support young people navigate advertising and media, creating free resources for schools, parents and direct to young people. Email: info@mediasmart.uk.com

Preventing cyberbullying

The Cybersmile Foundation: The Cybersmile Foundation is committed to digital wellbeing and tackling all forms of bullying and abuse online. It works to promote kindness, diversity and inclusion by building a safer, more positive digital community. Email: info@cybersmile.org

Digital Resilience Toolkit: Digital resilience can help children cope with whatever the online world throws at them. It allows them to think about what they enjoy and learn from things they encounter that they don’t like or are not happy about. Email: info@internetmatters.org

Parent Advice Line: The Parent Advice Line offers friendly, impartial, non-judgemental information, advice and support to parents, carers, family members or professionals who are concerned about a child – either because they are being bullied, or because they may be involved in bullying others. Email: parentsupport@kidscape.org.uk

Facebook Bullying Prevention Hub: The hub is a resource for teens, parents and educators seeking support and help for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step plans, including guidance on how to start some important conversations for people being bullied, parents who have a child who is being bullied or accused of bullying, and educators who have students who are involved with bullying.

Talk It Over: A research-led resource designed to support educators in facilitating empathetic, honest, and evidence-based conversations on online hate and how to tackle it with secondary aged pupils. Email: info@childnet.com

Improving health and wellbeing online

Screen time advice hub: The hub helps adults find the right balance for their family by thinking about it early on and setting clear boundaries. It includes general and age-specific advice to help them understand and manage screen time as well as deal with any issues that may arise. Email: info@internetmatters.org

Challenging revenge porn

So you got naked online (SEND version): ‘So you got naked online…’ is a resource that helps and advises young people who may find themselves in a situation where they (or a friend) have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with. Email: info@internetmatters.org

So you got naked online: SWGfl version: So you got naked online…’ is a resource that helps and advises young people who may find themselves in a situation where they (or a friend) have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with. Email: info@internetmatters.org

Reporting sexual abuse

Report Remove: Report Remove is a tool developed by IWF and NSPCC to enable children to self-report nude or sexual images of themselves which they are worried may have been shared online, to see if they can be removed from the internet. Email: help@nspcc.org.uk or Contact Childline

Copyright User (CREATe, University of Glasgow): The Copyright User initiative aims to make UK copyright law accessible to everyone. The website CopyrightUser.org helps creators, media professionals, cultural heritage practitioners, teachers and students, and members of the public make informed decisions on copyright issues. Email: contact@create.ac.uk


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