CyberSprinters – a new teaching resource for primary schools

CyberSprinters, a new online game to help primary schools teach children about cyber security from an early age. It is a free interactive game, developed by the National Cyber Security Centre – a part of GCHQ. Aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds it is designed to make learning about cyber security fun and interactive. 

The online game sees players become a ‘cybersprinter’ who races against its depleting battery power. Users win battery power by correctly answering questions about cyber security but face losing it if they bump into ‘cybervillains’.

The game sits alongside a pack of educational resources which illustrate what good cyber security practice looks like, from creating strong passwords to being vigilant about receiving messages from unknown senders. The content is based on expert cyber security advice provided by cross-governmental Cyber Aware campaign, which helps people protect themselves from common cyber threats.

CyberSprinters materials, accessible from the NCSC website, also include educational presentations and activities for children to complete. The resources support school curricula across the UK’s four nations by linking with key learning objectives.

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.

 

 

 

E2BN supports Safer Internet Day 2021

We are delighted to announce our support for Safer Internet Day 2021.

Faced with a deluge of misinformation, scams and fake news, conspiracy theories and frauds, we all need to know more about how to be discerning in who and what we read, follow and believe. We are very pleased that this year the campaign focuses on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online. 

Safer Internet Day 2021 takes place on Tuesday 9th February

If you have something amazing planned for SID 2021 let everyone know by registering your school as a Safer Internet Day Supporter

If you are keen to 'do something' with your pupils on the day but need some ideas or resources check out the wealth of free, practical and impactful activities for Safer Internet Day  including; films, lesson plans, assemblies, quick activities and more provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

 

Young People and the Dark Web

CEOP are currently working with The Children’s Society and Marie Collins Foundation to find out more about young people’s experiences using the dark web, and how they can be protected from encountering the associated risks.

To learn more about the extent of young people’s experiences using the dark web, we want to hear from all professionals working with 11 to 18 year olds. This includes those without prior knowledge or experiences of young people using the dark web.

The survey should take roughly 10 minutes to complete and will close on Friday 22 January 2021.

Thank you for your input.

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Book Corner - Online Safety Books for Teachers & Parents

There are a lots of great books about online safety aimed at teachers and parents 

 Good bad pictures book

Good Pictures Bad Pictures - Kirsten A Jensen 

Want a comfortable way to talk to your kids about pornography? This newly revised edition of the original bestseller makes that daunting discussion easy! Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a read-aloud story about a mom and dad who explain what pornography is, why it's dangerous, and how to reject it.

Featuring easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, this internationally-acclaimed book engages young kids to porn-proof their own brains.With Good Pictures Bad Pictures, your child will never be caught off guard by disturbing videos or peer pressure! The 5-point CAN DO Plan™ teaches kids exactly what to do to protect their young minds when they see pornography.

A great way to talk to your children about pornography without that awkward, uncomfortable feeling. 

 Sonia Livingstone parnets book

Parenting for a Digital Future - Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

This is not exactly light reading as the authors draw on extensive and diverse qualitative and quantitative research with a range of parents in the UK to reveal how digital technologies characterize parenting in the early 21st Century.

They chart how parents often enact authority and values through digital technologies since "screen time," games, and social media have become both ways of being together and of setting boundaries.

Parenting for a Digital Future moves beyond the panicky headlines to offer a deeply researched exploration of what it means to parent in a period of significant social and technological change.

 

 Parenting in an online world book

 Parenting In An Online World - David Laur

This e-book (free if you have Amazon Prime) brings together current scholarly articles and research, combined with the real-world experiences of parents, teens, and educators, to provide a more holistic approach to online safety in an “enlightening” and not “frightening” way.

Throughout this e-book, actual case studies are used to demonstrate key safety, security, and privacy concepts. 

viral parenting

 Viral Parenting - Mindy Mcknight

Virtal Parneting is a guide to raising responsible, safe, and communicative kids in the digital world. From cell phone contracts, rules for earning an allowance, and creating a family mantra, this book teaches readers to solve problems before they happen.

 

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