Today’s children and young people must be supported to stay safe and aware online from an early age. The PSHE curriculum is unique in its potential to address online safety and a range of related issues (from safe online relationships to mental health, media literacy to online gambling) in a planned, holistic way. We wanted to highlight some of the latest guidance and training available to you in this area:
New UKCCISS framework
We have recently been involved in the development of the new UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) framework, alongside online safety experts including CEOP, the NSPCC and Barnardo’s. The Education for a Connected World framework will help PSHE teachers review their curriculum to ensure pupils are prepared to understand and handle online risks.
Our latest guidance on handling complex issues safely through PSHE
Discussing and teaching about complex or sensitive issues safely is central to best practice in PSHE teaching. Our updated guidance document Handling complex issues safely in the PSHE education classroom (member only) contains tips on establishing a safe learning environment, handling tricky questions from pupils and signposting to further support. It includes a new section relating to online issues.
Our new online safety training – don’t miss out as only two weeks to go
Our ‘supporting online safety and skills through your PSHE programme’ courses are only two weeks away but there’s still a chance to secure your place. This new training day explores how to how to integrate vital issues raised by online technology – including safety, relationships, privacy, mental health, digital literacy and rights – into your PSHE programme. You will come away with a wealth of practical solutions and useful materials to help safeguard and support pupils when they go online.
- Online Safety for KS1&2, London, 8 March 2018 (Read more & book your place)
- Online Safety for KS3&4, London, 8 March 2018 (Read more & book your place)
Recently quality assured resources relating to online safety
A number of relevant teaching resources have recently achieved our Quality Mark for PSHE resources. We were delighted to have worked with Cifas to produce anti-Fraud Education lesson plans for KS3&4 that focus on awareness of fraud, common online scams, identity theft and money mules. Trust me from Childnet covers critical thinking around content (such as websites, blogs, online adverts and search results) and contact (how others may influence our online behaviour), and has materials for both primary and secondary schools.
Advice on building online safety into your PSHE Programmes
Our Subject Specialist Jenny wrote an advice article recently for SecEd on integrating online safety into your PSHE programme. Jenny says: “PSHE teachers’ role is to design a curriculum that reflects the deeply integrated nature of digital technology in young people’s lives”, and you can read her article for some useful tips on how to do so.