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Surviving and Thriving – Digital Safety

Resources to help:

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Please seek help from a professional or a support organisation if you find you are struggling.
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Resources for everyone

Report Harmful ContentReport Harmful Content is a national reporting centre that has been designed to assist anyone in reporting harmful content online.
 Internet Watch Foundation IWF receive, assess and trace public complaints about child sexual abuse content on the internet and support the development of website rating systems. It is also the UK hotline for reporting criminal online content with particular reference to images of child sexual abuse. Website contains information about laws, assessment and the reporting process.
Get Safe OnlineOnline advice from protecting your computer to protecting yourself online.
Technology use and the mental health of children and young peopleReport explores the use of technology among children and young people in January 2020. Examines the impact of screen time and the impact of different types of screen use on the mental health of children and young people and provides practical guidance.
How Stuff Works – ComputerTopics include: Computer Hardware; Internet; Computer Software; Computer Security; 5 Things to Consider When Buying Antivirus Software; How to See and Delete Your Google History.

Resources to help staff

Thinkuknow education programme resourcesSupporting you to deliver education and raise awareness of online child abuse and exploitation.
Harmful online challenges and online hoaxes: guidanceGuidance from the Department for Education, in partnership with the UK Council for Internet Safety, to help education settings to:

  • Prepare for online hoaxes and challenges
  • Respond effectively when one is circulating
Teaching resources for wellbeing from Public Health England
E-safety adviserResources including a half-termly newsletter covering risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online.
The Lucy Faithfull FoundationThe Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. They work closely with frontline workers and professionals such as police officers, social workers and education staff to ensure children are as safe as they can be.
Online Sexual Harm Reduction GuideThe Marie Collins Foundation with the NWG Network  have help guides aimed at reducing online harm, with this one aimed at professionals.
Professionals Online Safety Helpline Professional online safety helpline set up in 2011 to help all members of the community working with or for children in the UK, with any online safety issues they, or children and young people in their care, may face.
What to do if you come across child sexual abuse material onlineThinkuknow advice for professionals on the steps to take and how to look after your own wellbeing.
Look At Me – Teens, Sexting and Risks ReportHighlighting the digital relationships today for young people. This report provides insight into who shares nudes and why. It goes on to explore an ecology of related risks sharers encounter.
Social media and teenagers, a practical approachJohn Coleman blog: Is social media damaging the mental health of young people? It’s important to look behind the headlines.
Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light ToolBrook’s nationally recognised Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool and training provides a highly visible, multi-agency response that helps professionals to identify, understand and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours in young people.
NSPCC online abuse and bullying prevention guideThis guide has been developed for professionals who work with young people to help them understand what constitutes abusive behaviour online, the consequences of that behaviour, and where they can get help. The guide applies to professionals working in England and Wales.
Marie Collins FoundationWorks directly with children, young people and families to enable their recovery following sexual abuse involving technology and provides training and consultancy services to ensure practitioners are equipped to manage the specific needs of those abused in this way.
Anonymous Apps – what schools need to knowInformation from Kent Online Safety to help schools consider how best to respond to sites that allow anonymous feedback.
Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2020/21 Ofcom report which examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4. The report also includes findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways that parents seek – or decide not – to monitor or limit use of different types of media.
School resources from the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO)Resources for teachers to use when discussing privacy issues and the value of personal data. The lesson plans cover what counts as personal data, why it’s valuable and how to keep it safe when using social media. Includes a set of worksheets for each PowerPoint to facilitate discussion.
MediaSmart Media and Digital literacy resources for 11-16 yrsSecondary teaching resources on subjects like social media, body image and influencer marketing.

Resources to help students

Zipit appIf someone’s trying to get you to send nudes, use the Zipit app to keep the situation under control. Respond to unwanted chat with the power of GIFs taken straight from the app.
Ditch The LabelSupporting people aged 12-25 through some of the biggest challenges in their lives. If you have seen something abusive or harmful online and are struggling to get it removed, they work in partnership with all major social networks and web hosts and can help get abusive content and users removed.
TeensHealth Online SafetyReally useful advice to help you stay smart online.
HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE: 10 tips for teensHow to stay safe online: 10 must-read pieces of advice from Time To Log Off
STAYING SAFE ONLINEAdvice from Childline covering:

eSafety for young peopleUseful information from Australia to help you stay safe online, including information on sharing information, privacy and unwanted contact.
revengepornhelplineHelpline for over 18s who have had intimate images shared online without consent. (They have this Signposting page for under 18s)
Stop Online AbuseFind out more about online abuse and harassment, what it is, and what you can do to stop it. Covers sexismhomophobia and biphobia, and transphobia.
UK Safer Internet CentreResources aimed at 11-19s including films, games, quizzes and advice to help stop you getting caught out.
TikTok: Adverts, Creators and YouMediaSmart’s film-based educational resource, featuring successful TikTok Creators, giving 13-17 year olds tools to navigate TikTok’s commercial side.

Resources to help parents and carers

thinkuknow.co.ukHelp your children get the most out of the internet and protect them from sexual abuse online. Parents can also report concerns to CEOP via this link.
Home Activity WorksheetsFamily  home activity packs from thinkuknow containing simple 15 minute activities you can do with your family to support their online safety at home.
What to do if you come across child sexual abuse material onlineThinkuknow advice to parents on the steps to take and how to look after your own wellbeing.
#DITTO online safety newsletterHalf-termly newsletter to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.
SEND Online Safety HubNSPCC/Net Aware resource with online safety tips, advice and activities specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND.
What parents need to know about a career in gamingParentINFO page with tips about supporting gaming and setting boundaries.
Common Sense MediaAmerican site which reviews websites, games etc with age suitability.
Parent ZoneBlogs, guides, and advice from ‘the experts in digital family life’.
Online safety from Banardo’sBanardo’s advice on keeping children safe.
Online safety from the NSPCCNews and advice from the NSPCC.
Parents ProtectAdvice on protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation, including a helpline and internet safety advice.
Net AwareGuide to social networks, apps and games (net-aware.org.uk)
Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2020/21 Ofcom report which examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4. The report also includes findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways that parents seek – or decide not – to monitor or limit use of different types of media.
How Can I Help My Child?Guide from the Marie Collins Foundation and the NWG Network aimed at reducing online harm.
Family Online Safety InstituteTools and resources for digital parenting.
Helping My Autistic Child Stay Safe OnlineACT and The Marie Collins Foundation have collaborated to produce a resource to help parents and children understand various online risks.