From Gaming to Safeguarding concerns: The Professionals Online Safety Helpline quarterly update

From Gaming to Safeguarding concerns: The Professionals Online Safety Helpline quarterly update

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline provides free support to members of the children's workforce in the UK with an online safety concern. In this blog Kat Tremlett, Helpline Practitioner, offers an insight into the type of cases the helpline has been dealing with over the last 3 months.

19 July 2018
Online Safety
An insight into the Childnet Film Competition

An insight into the Childnet Film Competition

Earlier this month Sally Batchelor, UKSIC Project Coordinator attended the ninth annual Childnet Film Competition, which aims to encourage young people to create a film based on online safety themes. In this article she tells us about the event and gives us an insight into the type of films on show.

16 July 2018
Online Safety
How Video Game Age Ratings Can Work For Your Family

How Video Game Age Ratings Can Work For Your Family

Negative headlines about gaming often fail to see how much platform holders and publishers already provide. In this blog Andy Robertson explains how parents can make the most of what's out there to help children develop healthy gaming habits.

9 July 2018
Online Safety
Why Purchasing Connectivity Services For Education Settings Is Not Always What It Seems

Why Purchasing Connectivity Services For Education Settings Is Not Always What It Seems

The market for internet connectivity in education settings has changed, with lower connectivity prices on offer to schools and MATs. On the surface they look great. But are they too good to be true?

6 July 2018
Schools Internet Service
Young People Urged to Help Tackle Online Hate

Young People Urged to Help Tackle Online Hate

As part of a new pan-European project SWGfL is looking for young people, aged 15-18, to submit their ideas and take part in a competition in Berlin in December aimed at tackling online hate. Find out how to get involved.

25 June 2018
Online Safety
Abusive Comments One of Main causes of Upset for Young People Online

Abusive Comments One of Main causes of Upset for Young People Online

Our second report in a series exploring the relationship between digital technology and young people's wellbeing.

21 June 2018
South West Grid
Staying Safe Online over the Summer

Staying Safe Online over the Summer

It’s a busy time of year for schools, but that means it's a good time to book one of our bespoke Online Safety Training Sessions with one of our experts.

18 June 2018
Online Safety
SELMA launches new website to tackle Online Hate

SELMA launches new website to tackle Online Hate

Today marks the launch of the SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) website. SELMA aims to tackle the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance, and respect.

15 June 2018
Online Safety
What do we mean by Digital Literacy ?

What do we mean by Digital Literacy ?

Literacy in it’s simplest form is text. Understanding and producing text creates communities. Digital literacy however is about more than understanding words, but about being competent in understanding and producing imagery, video and even memes.

15 June 2018
Online Safety
Does your school have an Online Safety First Aider?

Does your school have an Online Safety First Aider?

It is as vital for every school and organisation working with children and young people to have an Online Safety Champion as it is to have a First Aider. That’s why we offer everyone who works with children and young people the European Pedagogical ICT (EPICT) Online Safety Qualification.

13 June 2018
Online Safety
When Screen-Time Limits Don’t Work

When Screen-Time Limits Don’t Work

Limiting screen time can create some breathing space for parents of children that play a lot of video-games, but the real route to healthy habits is to create a varied screen diet. Here are 4 games that can help with this.

12 June 2018
Online Safety
Safeguarding Young People Online - A Question of Ethics?

Safeguarding Young People Online - A Question of Ethics?

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline has received several calls recently by schools who have been contacted by organisations claiming to have chatted to pupils online and offering the school online safety training. Here are a few things to consider.

11 June 2018
Online Safety
How to choose the right Internet Service Provider for MATs

How to choose the right Internet Service Provider for MATs

As more schools come together to form Federations and Multi Academy Trusts, there are significant savings to be made when switching to one Internet Service Provider. But how do you work out what’s the best service for your group of schools?

6 June 2018
Schools Internet Service
Social Media and the Age of Digital Consent

Social Media and the Age of Digital Consent

We've all been bombarded recently by emails seeking our ‘consent’. But what does it mean for young people and will it affect how they use social media?

5 June 2018
Online Safety
Barefoot Goes Wild!

Barefoot Goes Wild!

The Barefoot team are super excited to share our latest campaign with you – let’s take computer science into the great outdoors!

4 June 2018
Education Services
UK Government publishes response to Internet Safety Strategy Greenpaper consultation

UK Government publishes response to Internet Safety Strategy Greenpaper consultation

Yesterday (Sunday 20th May) the UK Government published its response to the results of the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper which looks at how we can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online.

21 May 2018
Online Safety
Taming Gaming - new book helps parents guide children to video game health

Taming Gaming - new book helps parents guide children to video game health

Newspaper journalist and father of 3, Andy Robertson today launches his new book 'Taming Gaming' - a lighthearted, informative guide to what screen-time, gaming and gadgets are doing to children, for parents who’d rather lock it all in a cupboard.

18 May 2018
Online Safety
Privacy Policy updated by World+Dog, GDPR?

Privacy Policy updated by World+Dog, GDPR?

Coincidence that everyone has decided to update their privacy policy and then 'spam' you about it? Welcome to the world of GDPR compliance; lets discover what’s going on here.

15 May 2018
Education Services
A parent’s guide to YouTube Restricted Mode

A parent’s guide to YouTube Restricted Mode

Explore the safety feature ‘Restricted Mode’ on YouTube; looking at how it works and some things to be aware of when using it.

15 May 2018
Online Safety
What is your MAT strategy?

What is your MAT strategy?

Are you a part of a Federation, Academy or a Trust? Do you work together towards a common IT strategy? Do you have an IT strategy?

15 May 2018
Schools Internet Service
Barefoot Computing – what’s new?

Barefoot Computing – what’s new?

We have recently delivered our 3,000th free primary Computer Science workshop – have you had yours yet?

14 May 2018
Education Services
Schools, Fake Accounts and RIPAs - What you can do

Schools, Fake Accounts and RIPAs - What you can do

Increasingly the Professionals Online Safety Helpline gets calls from teachers and schools reporting fake social media accounts. But what can you do? What power do you have to do something about it?

10 May 2018
South West Grid
Exploring Online Reputation

Exploring Online Reputation

This latest in our series looking at the new UKCCIS framework for educators “Education for a Connected World”. In this article we discuss online reputation, and explore how it is covered in the framework.

2 May 2018
South West Grid
UKSIC shortlisted for ISPA Award

UKSIC shortlisted for ISPA Award

The UK Safer Internet Centre has been shortlisted for an ISPA 2018 award under the category Best Project or Partnership.

30 April 2018
South West Grid
Survey of Headteachers and Safeguarding Leads

Survey of Headteachers and Safeguarding Leads

The use of mobile devices by children appears to put more young people at risk of online sexual abuse. Marie Collins Foundation and the University of Suffolk want to establish a clear picture of the scale of the issue.

26 April 2018
Online Safety
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