E-Safety Support Celebrates Five Years of Delivering Outstanding E-safety Practices

A look back at the last five years of E-safety Support and a look forward to the future of safeguarding.


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Let’s head back to 2012. Internet usage was rocketing. Social media sites we’re leading this charge. 250 million photos were being uploaded onto Facebook. 175 million tweets we’re being shared. All of this daily...yes daily!

The dark side of the Internet was also rising. Links about sex we’re being shared 90 percent more than any other link. Childline had highlighted 4,507 cases of cyber bullying. It was reported that online bullying amongst youth is a global problem.

More pupils than ever we’re gaining access to technology, at an earlier age and being exposed to heightened online risk.

To safeguard pupils from the emergence of online risks, the Ofsted framework for school inspection was introduced in 2012, addressing e-safety provisions required by schools.

E-Safety Support launched in 2013 as one of the early pioneering platforms to introduce consistent e-safety practices nationally. Our purpose - to empower teachers with outstanding practices in ensuring pupils stay safe online and that inspection requirements could be delivered in a hassle-free manner.

Five years on we’ve stayed true to our purpose, strengthening our commitment to delivering quality and consistency in e-safety practices to the teaching community nationally (and indeed internationally). Our platform expertise and increasing engagement rates makes E-Safety Support one of the UK’s preferred partners for e-safety guidance and delivery.

To date, more than 118,000 training courses have been delivered through the E-Safety Support platform. Over 15,700 members leverage our expertise and insights on a regular basis.

Safeguarding the Future

Child protection and welfare needs are evolving. According to the NSPCC, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds. Findings by Bentley, H.et al (2017) How safe are our children? go further to demonstrate the increasing nature of offline risks to children.

Providing a holistic approach to protect children against both offline and online risks is vital. This is why we are launching Safeguarding Essentials, a comprehensive service for Safeguarding future generations.

Safeguarding Essentials will provide a comprehensive range of safeguarding resources including teacher training, classroom resources, policies, checklists and parent guides, to better equip schools in preventing and detecting current risks faced by children.

Our new service will be accessible anytime and anywhere, empowering teachers to have the latest knowledge at their fingertips to deliver outstanding safeguarding practices with ease.

Further information about the new resources will be coming soon. Existing E-safety Support members will be notified via your weekly email bulletin. If you are not already an E-safety Support member, you can register your interest in the new Safeguarding Essentials service.

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on February 22, 2018 13:19

SID2018 - Competition Winners

We are delighted to have received so many entries for our SID2018 competition, supporting the Safer Internet Day 2018 theme, ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better Internet starts with you’.

The competition generated some great Tweets. The judging was once again quite a challenge. However, we are now delighted to announce the winners.



Best Primary School Tweet

The winning entry in the Primary School category came in the form of a video from the pupils at Duneane Primary School

Our judges said, "The pupils have all got involved in the video and the catchy tune will help them to remember the key Internet safety messages they are delivering."

Kerrie Wilson, Duneane Principal added, "We are a small school in Co Antrim and all our children were involved in our internet safety rap. The children worked together to produce the lyrics and the actions to illustrate them. One of our teachers, Mrs Cuthbertson then added a touch of her musical flair! Lucky for us the PSNI were delivering a safer internet talk and happy to lend us their car. In line with the SID2018 mantra, we wanted to create something positive which promoted key safety messages. We hoped to connect to the world in a respectful way. What’s more the staff and children had such fun making it."

The entry from Walford Primary School was selected as Highly Commended in this category



Best Secondary School Tweet

The winning entry in the Secondary School category came from Felsted School

The internet is written in PEN NOT PENCIL

Our judges said, "This simple message is a clear reminder that information shared on the Internet is not temporary and removing unwanted messages or information is incredibly difficult."

Tina Oakley-Agar from Felsted School added, "As part of our Safer Internet Day at Felsted School, the year 9 students took up the challenge of writing a tip on how to keep safe on the Internet. There was some lively debate about how they use the Internet, their digital footprint and the risks involved. Finally, they thought about how to write a memorable tip suitable for tweeting."

The entry from Boswells School was selected as Highly Commended in this category

Thank you to everyone for getting involved in the competition. There were some fantastic entries and we would like to congratulate all the pupils and teachers who got involved. Well Done! All the entries can be found on Twitter @EsafetySuppport

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Written by Safeguarding Essentials on February 08, 2018 09:46

Safer Internet Day 2018 Competition

Encourage pupils to play their part for a better Internet with our E-safety Twitter Competition


SID2018 LogoThe next ‘Safer Internet Day’ will be the fifteenth edition of the event and will take place worldwide on Tuesday 6th February 2018.

The theme for 'Safer Internet Day 2018' will be ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better Internet starts with you’.

The day will give us the opportunity to think about the positive uses of technology and the role we can all play to create a better Internet. The theme encourages us to consider what we do online, the way we behave and communicate and how we should always endeavour to be positive and post positive content.

SID 2018 Competition

To celebrate the fantastic work being done through Safer Internet Day activities around the world, we are delighted to be running a competition for schools. To get involved, all your pupils have to do is create a Tweet based on the SID2018 theme. This can be in simple text, an image or a video. As long as it can be Tweeted and includes @ESafetySupport in the message.

To submit your school entries:

1) Simply Tweet your entries including the @ESafetySupport from your school Twitter account,
or
2) Submit your entries by email to competition@e-safetysupport.com and we will Tweet it on your behalf

Entry is open now and schools can enter as many tips as they wish. All entries must be received before midnight on February 5th 2018 to be included in the competition. Please see the competition terms here.

Winners

There will be 2 categories, Best Primary School Tweet and Best Secondary School Tweet. Winners will be chosen and announced on Safer Internet Day. Winners will receive one years free Premium Plus membership to E-safety Support for their school.

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Written by Safeguarding Essentials on February 01, 2018 15:19


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