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Cybersurvey 2019 is free and national

2019 Cybersurvey

The national Cybersurvey 2019 is now open for schools to sign up to take part. This year, in partnership with Internet Matters we are taking the Cybersurvey national so that schools anywhere in the UK can gain vital insights into young people’s online experiences. The Cybersurvey has been run by Youthworks for 10 years, yielding rich and up to date information that we all need to understand the online lives of children and young people.

The survey is free to schools, colleges and alternative provision and will run from October 7th for 6 weeks. Schools and students are anonymous. To find out more and to sign up, please visit www.thecybersurvey.co.uk where you can see past reports, frequently asked questions and a sign-up form.

Adrienne Katz, Director of Youthworks who leads the Cybersurvey, explained how it has highlighted issues of concern which have helped schools and local authority services put their efforts and resources into addressing key issues. For example, our work with Kingston University has revealed the needs of vulnerable children and those with additional needs, not currently addressed by generic online safety advice and support. Some local authorities have used Cybersurvey results to determine priorities such as tackling the online lives of young carers.

In previous years, the survey has revealed the increase in visits to websites with violent videos or images, extremist content and pro-self-harm sites. However, more positively, it has also revealed a decrease in the use of chatrooms and meeting up with someone known online.

This year the Cybersurvey will explore mental wellbeing among other offline vulnerabilities.

Schools will receive the final report in March 2020 along with resources to use in school.

Find out more at www.thecybersurvey.co.uk

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Written by Adrienne Katz on September 19, 2019 10:03

Stop, Speak, Support - Cyberbullying Prevention Campaign Launches Today

Duke of Cambridge Launches National Action Plan to Tackle Cyberbullying


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  • The Royal Foundation brought together the UKs largest media and technology firms to deliver first ever internet code of conduct – 'Stop, Speak, Support'.
  • The Duke's national campaign seeks to reach every 11-16 year old in Britain, to empower them to stop cyberbullying, to speak out and seek support.
  • The Taskforce has prompted unprecedented action from some of the most popular social media and gaming companies to commit to further action to support and protect young people online.
  • Today, Thursday, The Duke of Cambridge will unveil an Action Plan created by The Royal Foundation's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, and launch an online code of conduct called 'Stop, Speak, Support'. These initiatives will put the UK on the path to become the global leader in supporting young people online.

    His Royal Highness brought together some of the world's most recognisable names in media and tech, as well as children's charities and parents, to work alongside a panel of young people to find ways to tackle cyberbullying. Together they set themselves the task of creating a safer and more supportive life online.

    The internet has opened our world to exciting opportunities, giving young people a view of the world their parents could only dream of. But with it has come a new ferocity to bullying that can follow a child wherever they go. Cyberbullying is a serious threat to happy, healthy childhoods and in the most serious cases can ruin lives.

    After more than 18 months of work, the Taskforce has created an Action Plan which is designed to kick-start a new approach to support young people when they are using social media and gaming platforms. Chaired by tech entrepreneur Brent Hoberman CBE, the Taskforce members include: The Anti-Bullying Alliance; Apple; BT; The Diana Award; EE; Facebook; Google; Internet Matters; NSPCC; O2; Sky; Snapchat; Supercell; TalkTalk; Twitter; Vodafone and Virgin Media.

    Stop Speak Support Character 1The Action Plan includes:

  • The UK will today become the first country in the world to launch a national, youth-led, code of conduct for the internet - 'Stop, Speak, Support'.
  • For the first time ever the world's biggest social media firms are adapting their platforms to provide direct access to support when bullying strikes. Facebook and Snapchat have worked with the NSPCC to create new functions that will be trialled among groups of young people. If successful, The Duke hopes it can become a global blueprint.
  • A major new commitment to design 'Safety Guidelines' has been agreed by the social media and gaming firms in the Taskforce, as well as creating a new compliance process, with the sole drive to commit all platforms to keeping children and young people safe.
  • Taskforce members are building a universal strategy for information, ensuring all online resources for support and help – whether aimed at young people or parents – are high quality, reliable and have common themes.
  • Brent Hoberman, Taskforce Chair, said: "Under The Royal Foundation the industry has come together for the first time to design a comprehensive Action Plan to address the important issue of cyberbullying.

    "This Action Plan is the first step in positioning the UK as a global leader in this area and we are looking forward to the industry building upon this vital work.

    "Working together, we are now much closer to our ambition of making life online safer for young adults."

    Baroness Dido Harding, former CEO of Talk Talk and independent advisor to the Taskforce said: “The Taskforce has simultaneously demonstrated how powerful it can be when the whole tech industry works together but also how hard it is to deliver real change.

    "The emotional support pilot and national campaign are significant steps forward but we are a long way from delivering what children themselves are asking for so that the design and functionality of social media platforms meets their safety needs. Whilst celebrating the steps forward, we should see this as a step in the right direction rather than the end of the journey”

    Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive and Taskforce Charity Partner, said: “We know it can be very difficult for young people being bullied online or in person to tell someone what’s happening to them. Many are simply too scared to speak out or they believe somehow that it’s their fault.

    “By helping to create the ‘Stop, Speak, Support’ campaign with the Royal Taskforce and our young volunteers - some who have experienced cyberbullying themselves - we are empowering young people to support their friends who are being bullied online.

    “‘Stop, Speak, Support’ provides simple steps for children and teenagers who witness cyberbullying to follow, with an emphasis on encouraging their peers to speak out and seek help from either a trusted adult or Childline, because bullying doesn’t go away on its own.”

    Stop, Speak, Support – The Code of Conduct Campaign

    Stop Speak Support Character 3The Duke of Cambridge believes that our largest social media, technology, gaming, communication service providers and media companies have a positive opportunity to create the solution to support our children online, and to help children feel empowered to question online behaviour, speak out and support their friends.

    All young people should feel able to look out for their friends, to stop the bullies, to speak out and to get support. The young people on the Taskforce said they had rules and guides for every part of their life – but not online. This is the 'green cross code' for the web.

    The Stop, Speak Support code includes:

    STOP

  • Action 1: Take time out before getting involved, and don’t share or like negative comments.
  • Action 2: Try and get an overview of what’s really going on.
  • Action 3: Check the community guidelines for the site you’re on.
  • SPEAK

  • Action 1: Ask an adult or friend that you can trust for advice.
  • Action 2: Use the report button for the social media it’s happening on.
  • Action 3: Speak to one of the charities set up to help with situations like this, such as Childline.
  • SUPPORT

  • Action 1: Give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone.
  • Action 2: Encourage the person being bullied to talk to someone they can trust.
  • Action 3: Give the person being bullied a positive distraction from the situation.
  • The promotional campaign to highlight the code will run for three months until 'Safer Internet Day', and seeks to reach every single 11-16 year old in this country. The aim is to empower all young people to take a stand against bullying.

    For more information visit www.stopspeaksupport.com Stop Speak Support Logo

    Written by Internet Matters on November 16, 2017 12:15

    It's now time for the 4th Make a Noise workshop hosted in London!

    Sign up to this anti-bullying and pupil voice programme now!

    Tootoot Make a NoiseInternet Matters in partnership with tootoot, and supported by the Department for Education, are inviting schools to take part in a pilot online service to report bullying and cyber bullying concerns.

    The programme which sits alongside 9 other innovative schemes to tackle bullying, backed with £4.4million of government investment, will enable 120,000 students across 300 schools to report incidents such as bullying, cyber bullying, or homophobic, transphobic and biphobic abuse.



    Online reporting platform
    At the core of the programme will be the award-winning online reporting platform which gives students and parents an easy and simple way to report all issues relating to bullying and cyber bullying.

    To help pupils, parents and staff address the issues raised, the reporting platform will be supplemented by resource hubs dedicated to staff, pupils and parents, and will help schools address the issues or concerns that may be raised through the reporting platform.

    The aim is to create a one- stop shop for bullying support for school staff, pupils and parent.
    · Reporting platform with resources for students
    · Resource hub and reporting platform for parents
    · Safeguarding platform and resource hub for staff

    Internet Matters and tootoot are inviting schools and Academies, both directly and via their Local authorities and Multi Academy Trusts, to register to join the 12-month programme, funded by the Department for Education.

    We are half way through our regional workshops, having had 3 already around the country, and a further 3 set for the next 6 months.

    The next workshop which is in London, is the 19th June 2017, National Children’s Bureau, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE. 9am - 1.30pm.

    90 schools have already signed up and there are still 40 school places available on a first come first serve basis.

    To register your school to take part please click the link https://makeanoiselondon.eventbrite.co.uk

    (Please be aware that by registering your place on our London workshop, you are committing to the 12 month programme which has been funded by the DfE, to the value of £1000. Once you sign up the next steps will be outlined. For more information, download the flyer)

    Or if you would like to register your school for future workshops then please register here www.makeanoise.info

    For more info on this initiative visit: www.makeanoise.info
    Or email: info@tootoot.co.uk

    More information about the funding from DfE visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-more-children-to-benefit-from-anti-bullying-app

    Written by Michael Brennan on June 08, 2017 09:46


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