KS3+ online safety education

Education for KS3+ young people is more complex as issues of peer pressure, sexual development, body image and mental health can be more prominent as well as young people taking a greater responsibility for their online activity and many having mobile phones.

The topics relating to online bullying and grooming, youth produced sexual imagery and radicalisation need to be tackled in a way which will engage young people to think about their own actions and when they need to protect others. This will include an exploration of criminal activity as well as looking at the safeguarding context and how school will respond if certain types of issues come to light. In particular, grooming and youth produced sexual imagery will also overlap with sex and relationship education issues such as viewing pornography, healthy relationships, domestic abuse, violence against women and girls and so on (see separate section on resources).

Both online bullying and radicalisation need to be discussed in the context of discrimination and hate incidents/crimes.

KS3+ online safety education resources

The CBBC section on the BBC website has a number of resources suitable for KS3 including:

  • quizzes
  • videos
  • Newsround reports

Some of the most engaging are the songs and sketches created by the Horrible Histories team:

  • Protect thy privacy settings featuring Guy Fawkes;
  • What happens when you lie about your age online featuring the prudish Victorians
  • Lady Jane Grey Beware what you download 
  • Saxon Monk in Internet videos are Forever

These are all accessible here>.

CBBC also have an Anti-bullying playlist on their YouTube channel and a collection of anti-bullying week videos on their website which includes videos about people being bullied because of various differences such as:

  • because they are clever
  • the colour or their hair
  • their faith
  • the fact they are transgender
  • because they were born in another country

This powerful video from Greater Manchester Police looks at online and offline bullying and shows how someone being bullied might feel.

It also describes how we can help someone who is being bullied by standing up to bullying.

TRUETUBE contains RE, PSHE and Citizenship resources.

The video LikeMe uses a fast moving format to show how people interact online and is accessible here>.

School is over for the day, and Sophia is straight online with her friends, sharing messages and photos, but then someone shares too much and this has a massive impact for Sophia.

Teachers’ notes containing discussion topics and activities are available.

The Childline website and a number of the Voicebox videos on YouTube also cover bullying and a list of their playlists is available here>

The playlists are split into different categories and the bullying-specific section is accessible here>.

The Voicebox videos feature mostly youngish adults and are short discussions about various different topics.

The videos are produced on a weekly basis so it is worth signing up to the channel for notifications.

The THINKUKNOW education programme covers children and young people online, relationships, sex and young people and sexual abuse and exploitation: it does not cover bullying.

The THINKUKNOW website has specific areas of its website for 11-13 and 14-18 year olds, a selection of videos aimed at KS3 and 4 and also the THINKUKNOW toolkit called 'Sex the Internet' and 'You' which contain 15 activities, some of which use the THINKUKNOW website to explore various different topics including:

  • friending
  • digital reputation
  • passwords
  • selfies
  • privacy

The 'Consequences' video is useful because it demonstrates offender behaviour.

The professionals’ resources are available here> and amongst these there are a number of videos available with BSL or subtitles.

You will need to register for a free THINKUKNOW account to access and download resources and you will need to have attended a THINKUKNOW introduction course in order to access some of the resources.

MindEd is an organisation that provides education about children and young people’s mental health for professionals and parents.

It has a section on parenting in the digital world covering the risks etc but also includes an animated video where Mark discusses his gaming addiction.

Available on the MindEd website here>.

The education packs for Safer Internet Day 2017 for 11-18 year olds contain an assembly, lesson plan and other activities for these age groups together with two videos:

  • 'Selfie shack' which features young people in KS3 talking about what they like about taking selfies and what the pressures are to take ‘perfect’ selfies.
  • 'Your image, you future' explores what other people, for example future employers might think about you based on what you post online. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo.

There is also a photography pack - see the KS2 section as much of this may be applicable to KS3 and KS4. All available here>.

Crossing the line is a resource primarily aimed at 11-14 year olds and consists of four videos. There are accompanying lesson plans and worksheets covering online bullying, sexting, peer pressure and self-esteem.

This resource has been quality assured by the PHSE association and is available here>.

The main aim of the Trust Me resource is to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive information that they might come across online.

This resource is by no means a solution to the issues that are facing young people online but is intended to stimulate and facilitate discussions around online risk. This resource is accessible here>.

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