LFE are celebrating Safer Internet Day to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people in the UK.
UK Safer Internet Centre have created the following resources for all ages:
Advice for parents and carers
Stop Abuse Together: A new government resource to help keep children and young people safer from sexual abuse
Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That’s why it’s important for everyone to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support if concerned.
The new Stop Abuse Together website (stopabusetogether.campaign.gov.uk) can help parents and carers learn to spot the signs, have regular conversations with their child which can help keep them safer, and know when it’s right to reach out for more support.
Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents and carers
This guidance for parents and carers is based on the voices of children and young people and gives tips to adults about how they can support children to stay safer online.
The guide for parents and carers and summary poster are available to download from the Children’s Commissioner for England’s website.
Resources for children and young people
As half term approaches, children and young people will spend more time online and many will play games for entertainment over the break.
Play the Band Runner game, as a fun way for 8-10 year-olds to learn about safer use of technology.
They will learn to:
• distinguish between safe and unsafe behaviours online
• feel more confident to seek help from a trusted adult when they need it
• understand how they can use our 8-10s website to seek advice and support
The game can be accessed on our 8-10s website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10
Advice and guidance for Professionals working with children and young people
Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service
SWGfL and the Marie Collins Foundation have launched the new Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service to support professionals working with children and young people in England. The service helps professionals to respond to incidents of harmful sexual behaviour in their setting. More information can be found in a guidance article HERE.
If you’re planning online safety lessons for this term, there are a variety of resources available to download for use with children and young people aged 4-18 at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources.