To anyone who has used the Safetynet forum, from 7th June the list is closing
We warmly encourage you to continue your fantastic work of sharing information and resources by joining the new alternative forum that has been set up by the Safer Internet Centre here:
A final thank you to everyone for your contributions in making the internet safer for children
“The annual Insafe Digipack brings together the best eSafety resources from around the EU. The DVD contains videos, handbooks, lesson plans and games as well as posters, comics and reading books which can be used in the classroom. ”
The resources can also be useful give aways for parents evening and other events.
Order here and read more here
A project led by young people for young people across the district has recently been launched in Kirklees to promote awareness of sexting and to draw attention to the devastating impact it can have on their lives. The project which includes the production of a small wallet size card designed in the shape of a mobile phone will be distributed to all Kirklees schools across the area this week.
Sexting, the act of sending sexually explicit texts and/or photographs to mobile phones or posting them on facebook or the internet is on the increase nationally. Last May, a study by the NSPCC found that teenage girls were especially facing increasing pressure from friends and peers to provide sexually explicit pictures of themselves.
The card, which has been funded by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board, advises young people to get in touch with an adult they trust to let them know if they receive an inappropriate text or photo or if they have been a victim of it. Sexting can also be reported direct to the mobile phone or internet providerand facebook who will then remove it.
Sexting phone leaflet
EU Kids Online have produced a database of published research about e-safety and a summary of what is available plus the significant remaining gaps if there is something you wish to find out about in more depth or wish to find fuel for debate.
Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday 11 February 2014, with the strapline ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. Resources will be made available here
Mark Baker writes “I have been struck by the extent to which initiatives like SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) and PHSE are often dealing with things that lie at the heart of e-safety, sitting as it does within the broader umbrella of safeguarding.”
Mark has put together a list of what he feels are the “personal & social skills that are needed to make someone truly e-safe” which is available here
This may be an interesting starting point and supplement to the objectives of an e-safety campaign.
It has been announced that the Safetynet email list will stop operating from the 7th June 2013.
This has been a euclectic space to discuss e-safety over the years, with a varied mix of resources and experience on show and all the better for it.
For example recent postings have included a reminder of the Prevent materials that target online radicalisation, the True Vision hate crime reporting site and Digital Disruption materials aimed at digital literacy (but somewhat based on the same topic area) from Bold Creative.
The UK Safer Internet Centre hopes to set up a replacement service soon.
The DFE are promoting a set of resources and guidance for schools on Sexting. It includes legal information for schools on examining the contents of mobile phones. There are also some training materials. They can be found on the Kirklees council website under E-safety, here.
Ofcom has published a report entitled Adults Media Use and Attitudes 2013 that is interesting in it’s contrast to the role modeling behaviour e-safety curriculum often assume children are being prepared to follow.
SWGFL is offering day courses supported by a toolkit, for those who would like to explore how e-safety issues might be drawn into child and family assessment.