Bursting the Bubble: why Online Safety Education needs to EVOLVE

Introduction   Since the release of the Byron Report in 2008 and the subsequent Government action plan that saw the creation of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), online safety has been a significant area that remains at the heart of child protection within the UK. It is becoming increasingly apparent that technology[…]

Multi-modal approaches to bullying

Introduction Since late last year SWGfL have been involved in a project with the European Commission DG Justice to develop an approach to bullying that shifts from the linear perpetrator/victim to understanding and influencing the wider social dynamic around these incidents. The project focuses on developing the emotional intelligence of students (in this pilot 12-14[…]

Parents and Online Safety: what can I expect from my child’s school?

Online Safety: what can I expect from my school? Sexting? Addiction? Gaming? Cyberbullying? Grooming? There doesn’t seem a day goes by when the media headlines doesn’t draw panicked attention to the risks young people face in the online world they seem to inhabit with such disdain and immersion. And as parents, we feel entitled to[…]

Making the Connection: engaging parents with online safety

Parents: the keystone in a successful online safety strategy When schools began their journey over a decade ago to embrace technology and connectivity within the classroom, there was one overriding consideration. The need to ensure duty of care in providing a safe place for children and young people to be. Whilst broadband connectivity offered immense[…]

E-safety still on the agenda? Ofsted think so …

Introduction The removal of ancillary inspection briefing sheets for inspectors from the Ofsted website in June of this year signalled a mixture of responses from those whose work concerns effective online safety strategies. For schools the briefing sheet “Inspecting E-safety” was a useful set of criteria and questions that assisted in aligning existing practice. For those involved with supporting[…]

Waving silently: technology and self-harm

The following blog is long; it needed to be. It is an article written for “Every Child Journal” a subscription educational publication part of the Imaginative Minds Group. I have attempted to explore self-harm in the context of online behaviour; what research currently tells us; current expert opinion from those who support children and young people with self-harm and[…]

Risk and Harm? There is a difference …

Sexting? Pornography? Revenge porn? Cyberbullying? Trolling? Self-harm? Stalking? Young people’s use of online technology may look as though it is a new and unprecedented challenge, but one thing history teaches us is “ever has it been thus”. Around 400 BC, Socrates wrote: “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they[…]

Education Committee PHSE & SRE consultation: a SWGfL response from guest blogger Vicki Green

The Education Committee in April 2014 announced an inquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools. The consultation asked contributors to consider the following points: Whether PSHE ought to be statutory, either as part of the National Curriculum or through some other means of entitlement. Whether[…]