In 2018 Oxfordshire received funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner to commission AlterEgo Creative Solutions (creators of Chelsea’s Choice) to provide a play suitable for children in Year’s 5 & 6 to help them learn about online risk and healthy online behaviour and relationships. It showed in Primary Schools across the Thames Valley and is now available from Alter-Ego alongside their other dramas. An e-safety toolkit was produced for schools as part of the work. You can view the toolkit and the evaluation report of the project below
- Click - online safety, cyberbullying and digital resilience
- Click – PCC Cybercrime Evaluation Report (pdf format, Kb)
Safer Internet Day
The UK Safer Internet Centre runs Safe Internet Day each year on the first Tuesday in February. You can find information and resources linked to the latest Safer Internet Day here https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019
Safer Internet Day 2020 will be published on their website in due course and you will find further details on their website. www.saferinternet.org.uk
Guidance and information
The current Ofsted framework highlights that safeguarding relates to “broader aspects of care and education, including online safety and related issues” There is emphasis on the safe use of technology and protecting children from online bullying. The following briefing document for inspectors from the 2013 framework still provides very useful guidance on what’s expected from schools.
Statutory guidance from the DfE (September 2016) 'Keeping Children Safe in Education emphasised the importance of tackling bullying (including cyberbullying), teaching children to stay safe online, and ensuring they don’t access inappropriate material. The guidance stated that peer on peer abuse, including 'sexting', should be reflected in the schools’ child protection policies.
The update guidance (September 2018) Keeping Children Safe in Education emphasised that peer on peer abuse is a safeguarding issue and includes bullying and harassment. It also highlighted that sexual violence or sexual harassment should not be passed off as ‘banter’ or ‘part of growing up’ or ‘having a laugh’. There is an increased emphasis on online safety and cyberbullying as issues to be tackled including sexting and schools need to include in their policies how children may be accessing the internet on phones in school. It also highlights that children with SEND are more likely to be bullied and may not show this in their behaviour and that emotional bullying should be seen as part of emotional abuse that needs to be addressed to safeguarding children.
Referring to resources and guidance on this page will help you to meet these requirements.
Online safety checklist based on SWGfL 360 Online Safety tool (doc format, 19Kb) – this is a good starting point for self-assessment and identifying actions needed.
For a comprehensive overview of E-safety and cyberbullying and links to all key resources please see:
Sexting/youth-produced sexualised imagery
Oxfordshire County Council, the OSCB and Thames Valley Police all recommend that schools and settings refer to Sexting in Schools and Colleges, guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (2016) to support them with preventing and managing sexting.
- Sexting in schools and colleges - UKCCIS 2017
- Overview of Sexting Guidance – a one page summary of the above guidance containing important information for all staff working with children and young people
Please see Oxfordshire’s Sexting Resource Pack 2016 (pdf format, 354Kb) for further links and resources to support you with managing sexting.
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Key national guidance and links
The DfE provides cyberbullying guidance along with cyberbullying guidance for parents and carers. There is also some information about dealing with cyberbullying in the general “preventing and tackling bullying” guidance which are all available here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-tackling-bullying
- Childnet International guidance on Cyberbullying
- CEOP resources tailored to different age groups and for parents/carers
- Childnet International Resources http://www.childnet.com/resources
- SWGfL 360 E-safety Self-Assessment Tool
- SWGfL Model Policies
- Digital Literacy Curriculum
- UK Safer Internet Centre Professional helpline - 0844 381 4772
- Resources are also available from the Anti-Bullying Alliance
- Secondary age assembly/group session (pptx format, 4Mb)
- Secondary age assembly/group session notes (pdf format, 97Kb)
- Supporting positive behaviour online secondary age group activity ( format, 1.3Mb)
- Secondary age cyberbullying lesson presentation (ppt format, 2.9Mb)
- Secondary age cyberbullying lesson notes (pdf format, 32Kb)
- Age 9 – 11 assembly/group session (pptx format, 4Mb)
- Age 9 – 11 assembly/group session notes (pdf format, 110Kb)
- The Anti-Bullying Gang online age 9 – 11 age group activity ( format, Kb)
- Primary age (9-11) cyberbullying lesson presentation (ppt format, 3Mb)
- Primary age (9-11) cyberbullying lesson notes (pdf format, 32Kb)
Involving parents and carers
- Parent/Carer presentation (pptx format, 3.7Mb)
- Parent/carer presentation notes (pdf format, 174Kb)
- Ideas for involving parents and carers in keeping their children safe online (pdf format, 87Kb)
- Young person led parent/carer presentation primary version (ppt format, 7.5Mb)
- Link to Oxfordshire County Council Internet Safety pages for parents and carers
Children and young people could also visit the youth website pages on cyberbullying and staying safe on the internet.
Further links and information to support your online safety work
- OSCB digital safeguarding training
OSCB digital safeguarding training can be found at http://training.oscb.org.uk/ under themed courses for further details and to book a place
- Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
- Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board
- OXME - Oxfordshire's youth website
- Junior Citizen Trust - teaching children in Year 6 (Age 10 or 11) about how to keep safe in everyday life
National and international
- Action Fraud - for reporting fraud or online scams or viruses to Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud reporting centre
- Childnet International - a non-profit organisation working with others to 'help make the internet a great and safe place for children'.
- Get Safe Online provides advice on how people can use the internet confidently, safely and securely.
- In Their Own Words – What Bothers Kids Online? EU Kids Online(2014) EU Kids Online 2014 Research from the London School of Economics
- Net Children go Mobile Net Children Go Mobile which surveyed 9 – 16 year olds from 7 EU countries including the UK (2014).
- NSPCC - regularly updated guidance from the NSPCC on social networking sites that children and young people are using (for parents/carers and professionals)
- NSPCC Share Aware
- Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK Safer Internet Centre's hotline for reporting three specific types of online criminal content: child sexual abuse content (hosted globally) ; obscene adult content (hosted only in the UK); non-photographic images of child sexual abuse (such as computer-generated images) (hosted only in the UK)
- Ofcom - Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2016 (pdf 2.9 Mb)
- Online Compass This site provides an e-safety audit tool for youth settings. This site is provided by the Safer Internet Centre
- UK council for Child Internet Safety This is a voluntary organisation that brings together over 200 organisations including the Department for Education, CEOP, Childnet, etc.
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
- UK Safer Internet Centre professional helpline firstname.lastname@example.org 0844 381 4772 Support with all aspects of digital and online issues such as social networking sites, cyber-bullying, sexting, online gaming and child protection online. The helpline aims to resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and reputation, as well as young people in relation to online safety.