It’s been in the news this week again and I have done 2 days this week of workshops with pupils in schools on this theme. Part of the problem is that most children know more than their parents and quite often their teachers!

Many of the primary age children I have been talking to this week have facebook accounts, the youngest was a 6 year old who said his mum set it up for him. In every group someone could tell me a sad story of someone they knew that had been bullied on MSN or approached by someone they didn’t know in an online game or social network. We may not agree with it, but we need to teach our young people how to deal with it.

Tanya Byron puts it very succinctly in her recent report:

“Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just about a top-down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim”

Dr Tanya Byron –  Safer children in a digital world: The report of the Byron Review

So where parents are unable to help we need to make sure we are empowering our pupils to use the internet safely. But there is LOTS of help online – videos, animations with accompanying lesson plans, ideas for dramas, ICT and written activities. There are also ideas for how to hold parents meetings and printable support materials in different community languages.

Here are some of the best for you !

Digizen Website (http://www.digizen.org/resources/cyberbullying/films/uk/lfit-film.aspx)

Great video resource for starting cyberbulling discussions – includes lesson plans and interviews with the “characters”. This resource is designed for KS3 but I have used it with year 5/6 pupils, as sadly this is where this kind of behaviour is becoming more prevalent.

thinkuknow website


CEOPs think u know website – brilliant resource for esafety lessons – has animations, videos, lesson plans for all keystages right from foundation stage to Ks4 and for SEN pupils. You can access prinatable resurces and get free training. There is a section to direct parents to or for pupils to report to if they are worried.


Childnet’s Know IT All for Primary Schools has been especially designed for primary school staff to help them understand important E-safety issues and how to help young pupils get the most out of the internet. there are presentations for teachers, parents (in different community languages) and printable materials.

Your own LA should have a draft e-safety policy for you to use – and you may want to think about having an acceptable use policy for staff too!!

If you;re not sure why you may want to read this story….http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/4045349/Teachers-call-eight-year-old-pupil-chav.html

Please feel free to add any more or let me know how you get on. Or to ask for advice .



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