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Here are the resources we found for online safety for professionals:
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Ken Corish: “Strategies for a Healthy Online Life”
(Featured resource)Ken Corish’s workshop at the HeadStart Conference on Oct. 3rd 2017 explored the relationship between digital technology and mental health in young people, with a particular focus on sleep and self-esteem.
Being the best version of yourself online
(Featured resource)HeadStart Wolverhampton worked with Wolverhampton Learning Technologies Team, Stone’s Throw Media, and Wolverhampton primary schools to create three great animated videos around the theme of “Being the Best Version of Yourself Online”. The videos explore the following themes:
- The Digital 5-A-Day
- Peer Pressure
- Respect and Self-Respect
These films are great conversation starters with young people about making the best of modern technology.
Kayleigh’s Love Story
Kayleigh’s Love Story is a film about aspects of the last 13 days of the life of 15 year old Kayleigh Haywood. If shown in the cinema, this video would have a 15 rating so please watch with caution. Stop and think before you meet someone online, you don’t always know who you are talking to.
4YP Radio for Anti-Bullying Week at The Orchard Centre: Tia and Tommy
(Featured resource)In this podcast from HeadStart Wolverhampton, two young people from The Orchard Centre in Wolverhampton discuss their experiences of bullying and their thoughts about why bullying occurs, how schools and other organisations should react to it, and how their experiences have changed their lives and views of themselves.
Bullying and Mental Health – in Conversation with Jodie Goodacre, Time to Change Young Champion
(Featured resource)Jodie Gooacre is one of Time To Change’s Young Champions, young people with direct experience of mental health issues who work alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health. In this conversation, she discusses the impact of bullying on mental health with Richard Anderson from HeadStart Wolverhampton.
ReachOut Professionals believes that with the right tools, any young person can be happy and resilient. They provide recommendations and advice for youth support workers, and educational professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and to build young people’s wellbeing and resilience.
(Featured resource)To help parents know how to keep their children safe online, NSPCC and O2 have developed Net Aware.
With new apps, services and social networks popping up all of the time, NetAware is the ‘go to’ place for parents, carers and educational professionals to check up on the features, and possible concerns, about each of them.
(Featured resource)The Digital 5-a-Day provides a simple framework that reflects the concerns of parents/carers as well as children’s behaviours and needs. It can also act as a base for family agreements about internet and digital device use throughout both the holiday and term time.
The internet and social media have revolutionised the way we learn, the way we live and work, the way we communicate and socialise with each other and, increasingly, the way we get help. As well as transformational benefits there are also risks. Research is only in its early stages; we are still very much learning about the full impact of IT and both its positive and negative effects. This webpage covers when children start using social media, and what schools can do.
e-Safety School Policy and Procedures Checklist
The use of the internet and mobile devices have become fully integrated into the lives of young people. In response to this, school are now expected to produce official guidelines promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet and digital communications among students and staff. Kidscape have produced e-safety policies and procedures for schools to adopt, however for these documents to be most effective, the must be tailored to suit the school's individual needs.
Online Reputation Checklist
This downloadable PDF file offers tips on how to maintain a good online reputation. This is key in keeping safe online. It also provides tips on how to use tools online to make a positive impression to colleges, universities and possible future employees.
Cyberbullying and Online Safety: Guidelines for Professionals
Although the benefits of the internet far outweigh the potential dangers, professionals must be aware of the very real risks young people may be exposed to online. This leaflet aims to provide a brief education or refresher for professionals to make sure they are up to date with the most recent developments in cyberbullying and online safety.
Comparing Young People’s Experiences of Sending, Receiving or being asked for Nude or Semi-Nude Images or Video in Austrailia, New Zealand and the UK.
This report details findings from a cross country study taking place in Austrailia, New Zealand and the UK Safer Internet Centre. It focuses on young people’s experiences of sending, receiving and being asked for nude photographs or videos. It opens up the views of young people to professionals so that professionals are in a better position to give help and advice to young people.
Life in ‘Likes’ – Children’s Commissioner Report into Social Media use among 8-12 Year Olds
This report contains information on social media use among 8-12 year olds. The objective for the study in the report was to explore the impact of social media use on the lives of young people aged betwee 8 and 12 years old, particularly in relation to their wellbeing and self-esteem.
Power of Image – A Report into the Influence of Images and Videos in Young People’s Digital Lives
This report from the UK Safer Internet Centre contains the results of an online servey of young people aged between 8 and 17. This report highlights the use of images and videos by young people online, including taking selfies, livestreaming and using social network sites like YouTube.
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Online Safety – Risks to Children e-Learning
Children are more engaged with the internet than ever before, but with this increased reliance on the internet for knowledge and entertainment comes with an increased risk to those young people using it. E-safety training is essential for you if you’re working with young people. It is important that you know the potential risks and learn how to help children to remain safe on the internet.