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The Childnet Digital Leaders Programme is a youth leadership training programme empowering young people to educate their peers about online safety.

Childnet is a leading online safety charity with a mission to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. We are the only online safety charity in the UK delivering an online peer-to-peer training programme that directly helps education settings embed a comprehensive approach to online safety.

Groups of Digital Leaders complete training on an interactive, informative and fun gamified platform. They work through online modules, equipping them with the skills they need to go on to educate and support their peers.

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Subscribing to the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme during COVID-19 school closures

If you are thinking of subscribing to the Secondary Digital Leaders Programme, it’s worth mentioning that pupils can access the training platform remotely and independently of their teacher. The programme provides a useful learning tool for use at home during this time and Digital Leaders are encouraged to use the additional features on the platform to connect with other Digital Leaders, especially as people find themselves isolated and spending more time online. Educating family members is also a great way to demonstrate the peer-to-peer training aspect of the programme.

We will delay the start date of both primary and secondary programme subscriptions to reflect the period that schools are closed. We are still able to process your enrolment as usual during this time and you will receive the relevant programme documents to prepare for when your pupils return.

Please do contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions around subscribing to the programme during school closures. For information regarding how school closures will affect your school’s subscription, please visit our FAQs.

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“The school’s work to keep pupils safe is exemplified by the ‘Digital Leaders’, pupils who are well prepared to train their peers on internet safety…pupils then carried out research and presented projects with enthusiasm and deep understanding.”

Ofsted report, Sarah Bonnell School

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Total subscriptions to the programme


Qualified Primary and Secondary Digital Leaders across the UK


Percent of teachers said it has helped their school staff fulfil their safeguarding duties

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