Surge in self-generated child abuse images

The coronavirus crisis, lockdowns, home working and remote learning has resulted in many of us spending more time online than ever before. It should not be a surprise to anyone that as people have had more time on their hands, less social contact and more time looking at a screen there has been an increase in all sorts of inappropriate, undesirable and illegal behavious.

The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) reports that the volume of child abuse imagery circulating online soared to record levels over 2020.

With schools once again closed to the majority of children and young people, the IWF warns that "communities of sex predators” will be looking to take advantage of the situation to exploit more children and to share and distribute child sexual abuse material online. Read the full report 

Prehaps no less distrubing is that IWF also notes that the level of self generated CSA imagery - pictures taken by children and young people themselves and shared with or without their knowledge, has increased by 77%.

It is therefore, timely that the UKCIS (UK Council for Internet Safety) and DCSM (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) have published new guidance for schools on responding to incidents of children and young people generating, sharing and possessing nudes and semi nude images.




NCA Spring Cyber Challenge

Please encourage your KS3 and KS4 pupils to take part in this exciting cyber security competition.


The weather is heating up and so is the Spring Cyber Challenge. Put your tech skills to the test with Cyber Secuirty Challenge UK for your chance to win a selection of prizes.

Tune in on 29th March to see if you have what it takes to be a cyber expert.

Cyber Criminals and Your School

The number of cyber attacks on schools has increased in the last few weeks. These attacks often take the form of a ransomeware attack. Ransomeware is a type of computer virus that corrupts, threatens to destory or locks you out of your school data until a ransome has been paid. Paying the ransome might not result in the safe return of your data and may even identify you as a profitable target for future attacks.

Ransomware attacks can have a devastating impact on organisations, with victims requiring a significant amount of recovery time to reinstate critical services. These events can also be high profile in nature, with wide public and media interest. In recent incidents affecting the education sector, ransomware has led to the loss of student coursework, school financial records, as well as data relating to COVID-19 testing.

The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has produced a number of practical resources to help schools and other educational institutions improve their cyber security. The resources and further guidance can be found in this week's updated guidance.


Win £15,000 to solve an educational issue

Applications for the 2021 Fair Education Alliance Innovation Award are now open!

The Fair Education Alliance will award up to five individuals £15,000 and a year-long programme of support to help them solve entrenched issues in our education system. If you have an idea to make education fair, attend their Workshop on 18th March and find out more and apply here.

You can also join the Fair Education Impact Festival between 20-29 April for interactive sessions to develop your initiative. This free festival will help develop your skills, knowledge and networks to power up your initiative and connect you with hundreds of other innovators in education. Sign up for the Fair Education Impact Festival here

Teaching Computing Remotely

The NCCE (National Centre for Computer Education) provides everything you need to teach computing at key stages 1 to 4, including lesson plans, slides, worksheets, homework and assessment.

NCCE lesson resources

All of the content is completely free to access, and has been created by subject experts, based on the latest pedagogical research and teacher feedback. It also provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills, and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks we call learning graphs. You can get an overall view of progression using our curriculum journey poster, or download our individual key stage curriculum maps for more detail.

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