Cyber Security - Protecting Your School

The National Cyber Security Centre has published a handed guide to cybersecurity. This non-techie guide suggests five simple steps that you can take at school to improve your cyber security and reduce the risk of a data breach or cyber attack. Don't be put off by the title - the guide contains sound advice for schools!

Cyber Security: Small Business Guide

A Safer Internet?

This week the Government published it's Internet Safety Strategy green paper.

The Internet Safety Strategy looks at how we can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online. The Strategy considers the responsibilities of companies to their users, the use of technical solutions to prevent online harms and government’s role in supporting users.

The consultation covers various aspects of online safety including:

  • the introduction of a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy
  • technological solutions to online harms
  • developing children’s digital literacy
  • support for parents and carers

Find out more and respond to the consultation

Facebook Online Bullying Solution

Facebook has offered every UK secondary school dedicated digital safety ambassadors: young people trained to provide peer-to-peer support and lead online safety initiatives in the classroom. 

Facebook’s commitment of £1million could see tens of thousands of pupils in 4,500 secondary schools across the UK trained as Digital Leaders (Childnet International) or Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for online and offline bullying (The Diana Award) and provided with access to face-to-face training, dedicated online resources and forums.

Schools wishing to train digital safety ambassadors should apply to either of the schemes above. 

With estimates that between 6% and 25% of children have experienced online bullying, Facebook’s commitment will significantly scale the charities’ existing work in schools to improve child safety and well-being through peer-to-peer support and learning. 

 

Social media terms and conditions ‘jargon-busting' resources

Anne Longfield, the  Children’s Commissioner for England has, today, launched a set of new ‘jargon-busting’ documents to help young people understand social media terms and conditions. The ‘Growing up digital study published in January 2017 highlighted the issues around young people and T+Cs. Now, the Children Commissioner, working with TES and Schillings has produced packs to help young people become more empowered digital citizens.

Relevant to citizenship and computing curricular and suitable for KS2, 3 and 4, each pack contains a set of six short lessons and jargon-free terms and conditions for five of the major social networking sites (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and WhatsApp).

At the launch of the new material, Anne said ‘Children have the right to know what they are signing up to, in clear, simple, easy to understand language so that they can make the most of the fantastic opportunities social media and the internet can bring.’

Other useful resources

CBBC’s LifeBabble has a unit on Digital Rights which may be suitable for use with pupils in KS2, 3 and 4.

Pupil Voice Week 25th - 29th September 2017

We're excited to announce the second Pupil Voice Week will be running on the 25th – 29th September 2017. This year’s theme is It's Your Voice.

Pupils Voice Week aims to celebrate the diversity and individuality of The Pupil Voice, encouraging pupils to use their voice to be themselves and create positivity for those around them.

Pupil Voice Week will also have a focus on pupils' mental health, ensuring that they are encouraged to use their voice to speak up about their mental health and wellbeing.

Find out how to get your pupils involved

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