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e-Safety classroom materials

Technology is a fantastic tool for teaching and learning  and is an essential part of everyday life; children and young people must be supported to develop strategies to manage and respond to online risk so they can be empowered to build resilience. Whilst the Computing curriculum will no doubt form an essential part of online safety education, safe and responsible use of technologies must be embedded throughout the curriculum to ensure that all children develop the required range of digital literacy skills.

The following websites are not endorsed, controlled or promoted by Kent County Council. Educational setting leaders and managers should make decisions about their use within the curriculum, based on a risk assessment approach, taking into account the needs, ages and abilities of their learners.

Online Safety Curriculum Materials
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The following links highlight a range of resources which will cover a variety of online safety issues. Most resources are appropriate to be used within PSHE curriculum (EYFS - KS5) but some content may also be appropriate for use within the Computing curriculum.

Additional Content

Non-UK Resources

Specific Online Safety Concerns
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Please note the above content will also contain links and resources regarding these issues.
Whilst many of the below resources will be useful for educational settings to use with children following a specific incident or concern, staff should be cautious to proactively check that material will not cause unnecessary trauma to a child who has been harmed. Staff must always ensure that their settings safeguarding procedures are followed at all times.

Cyberbullying
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Social Networking, Privacy and Self-Esteem
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Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
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"Sexting"
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Sex and Relationships Education
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Gaming
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Mobile Phone Safety
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Radicalisation and Extremism
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'Fake News', Reliability and Critical Thinking
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Fact Checking Tips and Websites

Examples of "Fake" news or content websites

Cybercrime
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Piracy, Viruses, Plagiarism and Copyright
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Resources for Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
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Search Engines
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No search engine is ever completely safe and appropriate supervision, pre-checks and risk assessments should always be carried out by staff prior to use in the classroom. The following search engines are not endorsed or promoted by Kent County Council. Leaders and managers should make decisions based on a risk assessment approach and explore the benefits and as well as the risks of allowing and not-allowing access.

If settings use search engine sites such as Google or Bing with learners then they must ensure safe search filtering tools are applied. Settings must be aware that this only reduces (not removes) the possibility of accessing inappropriate content either accidentally or otherwise. Settings must ensure that necessary processes are in place to respond to any filtering breaches. This would include policies and procedures for reporting unsuitable content (for learners and staff), appropriate supervision and pre-checking of search terms, as well as education regarding safe searching and online reliability prior to use.

Other Online Tools
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Please note that this list is not exhaustive and content will be updated regularly. If you think a useful site or fantastic online safety/e-Safety resource for use within the classroom is missing or if a link is broken then please contact the Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) or the e-Safety Development Officer

These links will take you outside the Website. We make reasonable efforts to make sure the content available on linked websites is not defamatory or offensive. Inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval by KCC of the linked website, its operator or its content nor is KCC responsible for the content of any website or web page outside of the Website.