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.
Childnet’s website has had an overhaul and there is a bit of crossover now with the UK SaferInternet centre content.
(If you are struggling to find the old favourites like “Know it all”, look to the very top of the new Childnet home page where there is a “Resources” hyperlink that takes you to a useful list, one you might miss if you are looking at the menu; also the orange magnifying glass button to the left of it hides the search box. )
It includes some new resources on copyright and how to find free-to-use resources here
Insafe Austria has produced an English version of their easy read guide for parents dealing with online issues .
Unlike many other guides this does do a reasonable job of bringing PSHE perspectives into the advice, and there is a good two page Tips at a Glance section (page 42-3); there are strong comparisons made with how a successful parent would approach similar problems offline and how this should colour the online approach. There are also some good cartoon illustrations of the points made.
Caution though should be used as some of the legal references are specifically Austrian (e.g. different age of responsibiity).
If you like ths approach take a look at the Web We Want resources