Childnet launch e-safety programme for primary schools

Innovative peer-to-peer education programme now open to all UK schools

Childnet Digital Leaders Childnet has announced that it is extending its innovative Childnet Digital Leaders Programme to all UK schools; putting young people at the forefront of educating their peers about staying safe online.

The new programme for primary schools was announced today, following a successful first year of the secondary schools programme that has seen over a thousand young people undergo training to equip them to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

This programme is delivered by leading internet safety charity Childnet as part of its work as one of three charities in the UK Safer Internet Centre, alongside its role coordinating Safer Internet Day which reached 40% of UK children in 2016.

Outstanding e-safety practice

School inspectors in the UK have set out that outstanding e-safety provision in schools involves the active involvement and leadership of young people. However, evaluation data from the school self-assessment tool 360 Degree Safe finds that while this is improving year on year, it is still one of the weakest areas of e-safety provision in schools.

To help schools harness the power of youth voice and make e-safety learning fun and effective, Childnet is inviting schools to join its youth leadership programme to train young people to be peer educators in their school community.

Power of community

The Childnet Digital Leaders Programme offers young people access to an exciting online community. In this community they will access training and support from Childnet’s expert team, record achievements and earn badges, and collaborate and share inspiration with schools across the UK.

This approach has been welcomed by the 13 primary schools involved in the pilot. As Carolyn Ellis-Gage from Norwich Road Academy said: "My pupils are really enthusiastic about the training and love working through and gaining the badges!"

Digital Leaders online platform for primary schools

This programme will build on Childnet’s work placing young people at the centre of creating a kinder and better internet. As Childnet CEO Will Gardner said:

“Children and young people have the power to help create a kinder online community and we want to harness their passion and knowledge to enable them to be role models for their peers and younger generations. It has been inspiring to see the huge range of activities delivered over the last year by Childnet Digital Leaders in secondary schools across the UK. We are now very excited to announce the launch of the programme for primary schools which we developed and tested with the involvement of 13 primary schools across the UK."

Find out more and register now at www.childnet.com/digital-leaders.Childnet Digital Leaders Logo

Written by Childnet International on September 01, 2016 09:16

E-safety Tips for Whole School Engagement

15 tips to encourage pupils, parents and staff to get involved in e-safety


E-safety SeminarThe recent E-safety Seminar held in collaboration with ChatFOSS, saw teachers from across the country coming together to discuss e-safety issues in their schools.

We heard from Henry Platten of eCadets about empowering children to embrace technology. Michael Brennan from Tootoot discussed his experience of bullying at school and how this lead to the development of their safeguarding reporting tool for schools. Tim Pinto led a discussion on the Ofsted requirements for e-safety and Alicia Coad of ChatFOSS rounded off the formal presentations with information on social media and working with parents.

To complete the day, all the delegates worked together to come up with 15 tips to help engage the whole school community with e-safety. Here are their suggestions:

Pupil Empowerment

  • Enlist Cyber-Buddies as peer mentors and a point of contact for pupils
  • Give students a voice on e-safety issues
  • Carry our data surveys in the classroom on current apps etc
  • Engaging Parents

  • Share survey findings with parents
  • Share e-safety videos with parents too
  • Regularly drip-feed e-safety news/web links to keep it current
  • Curriculum

  • Ensure all staff and governors are up-to-date with e-safety issues
  • Involve all staff with e-safety education, in particular PSHE
  • Have students deliver curriculum content in assemblies etc
  • Digital Literacy

  • Encourage pupils to choose a new name for e-safety/digital well-being
  • Work with pupils and staff to create a school policy
  • Establish 'Digital Leaders' to help share knowledge
  • Staff

  • Ensure all staff understand everyone is responsible for e-safety
  • Let staff know that it's ok to ask for help
  • Include videos in e-safety awareness training
  • If you would like to share your tips for engaging the whole school, please email news@e-safetysupport.com

    An extra tip received from Mary at a secondary school in London is to include e-safety tips on student planners.

    Written by E-safety Support on July 07, 2016 10:37

    Join Childnet’s school consultation

    Join Childnet’s e-safety for schools consultation into best practices in preventing and responding to cyberbullying


    Cyber Self HarmChildnet, as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, is in the process of creating new guidance for schools about preventing and responding to cyberbullying, as well as accompanying teaching resources. This work is supported by the European Commission and UK Government and will be launching in early 2016.

    In developing this work, Childnet is looking to find examples and ideas of what schools are doing to prevent and respond to cyberbullying so they can share best practices with schools across the UK.

    They are inviting school staff to complete the following short survey which should take about 15 minutes.

    You will have the opportunity to add your school’s name to the national cyberbullying guidance for schools.



    If you have any queries, please contact education@childnet.com.

    Complete the online survey here - Deadline: 17 June 2015



    Childnet Digital Leaders Programme launching in September 2015


    Childnet recently announced that registration is now open for Childnet’s exciting new peer-to-peer education programme for secondary schools!

    Launching in September 2015, the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme aims to empower young people to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

    The programme, which is part of Childnet's work as the UK Safer Internet Centre, will offer pupils structured training and ongoing support from Childnet’s expert team, helping make e-safety learning fun and effective and ensuring that schools deliver an outstanding whole school community approach to e-safety.

    Further information will be coming soon

    Written by E-safety Support on May 21, 2015 10:19


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