Childnet call on young people to ‘Connect with respect’ and enter their Film Competition | kentesafety

Childnet has launched their ninth Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.

With the aim of encouraging young people to have respectful interactions online, the competition gives young people the opportunity to harness their creativity and share their understanding of online safety issues.

Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BAFTA, BBFC and BFI, the winning films will be shown at the finalists’ event in London and will be used as educational resources in schools across the UK.

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Inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health launched | kentesafety

The Commons Science and Technology Committee has announced an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The committee says it wants to hear the views of young people themselves, as well as of teachers and youth workers.

Chairman, Norman Lamb, said it was vital to assess the benefits and risks; “Social media and smartphones are increasingly being used by children and young people. We want to determine the scale of the issues – separating out the understandable concerns from the hard evidence, and to identify what practical measures people are already…

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Online Safety Briefing: Term 3 2017-18 #esafety #onlinesafety | kentesafety

This is the 3rd edition (January-February) of the Kent Education Safeguarding Team’s Online Safety briefings 2017-18. The aim of these posts is to help Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in educational settings keep up to date with of some of the emerging online safety issues and research which may be of interest.

The following links are not endorsed, controlled or promoted by Kent County Council. This briefing should not be shared or forwarded directly to pupils or parents/carers due to the sensitive and potentially distressing nature of some content.

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Safer Internet Day 2018 Round-up | kentesafety

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, the world celebrated Safer Internet Day 2018. Safer Internet Day (SID) is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre and this year’s theme was “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.

To celebrate the day, many organisations and services produced new resources and content to help raise awareness and spread positive messages. This blog post aims to highlight resources and content made available on or for SID 2018; schools and settings may find these resources helpful in the curriculum planning or to share with …

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New research commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre published about ‘Digital Friendships’ #SID2018 | kentesafety

New research into Digital Friendships  commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre, has been published to mark Safer Internet Day 2018. The research has revealed that young people are more likely to have a positive experience than a negative experience when online.

The study, which surveyed 2,000 8-17 year olds on their feelings and attitudes towards social media, revealed that despite the often-publicised negative effects of social media use, the internet plays a pivotal and positive role in how young people develop relationships and maintain their social lives in 2018.

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UKCCIS Education working group publish ‘Education for a Connected World: A framework to equip children and young people for digital life’ #SID2018 | kentesafety

As part of the celebrations for Safer Internet Day 2018, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) have announced they have published a new online safety guide for those working with children, including school leaders and teachers, to prepare young people for digital life. The guide is available to download via the UKCCIS website or as a PDF here.

The ‘ Education for a connected world’ framework provides guidance on eight different aspects of online education:
Self-image and identity
Online relationships;
Online reputation;
Online bullying,
Managing online information;…

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Today is the day – Happy Safer Internet Day 2018 #SID2018 | kentesafety

Today, Tuesday 6 February is Safer Internet Day; a day to celebrate and create a safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month, each year on Safer Internet Day millions of people unite to inspire positive…

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