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Exclusive Childnet Digital Leaders Programme and Education Visit joint discount!

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Childnet is excited to be offering a limited-time offer for schools who are both enrolling on the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme and booking an Education Visit.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your school to combine the benefits of our unique programme with the expert knowledge and advice shared during our Education Visits, helping you to create a whole school approach to online safety.

With online safety playing a key role in many young people’s online lives, it’s important that teachers and young people alike are equipped with the skills they need to stay safe online. 85% of teachers we asked said that the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme has helped their school’s staff fulfil their safeguarding duties.

What is the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme?

The Childnet Digital Leaders Programme is a peer-led online safety programme in which pupils complete core training modules on our online training platform to qualify as Digital Leaders. They are then equipped with the skills and confidence  to spread their online safety knowledge in their school communities and complete ‘Team Achievements’ in doing so.

The platforms have been updated for September 2019, and new bonus modules will be added every term on both the primary and secondary platforms!

Our annual survey of the platform found that 92% of Digital Leaders said the training made them feel more confident about educating pupils in their school.

What is a Childnet Education Visit?

At Childnet our team of online safety experts offer online safety training sessions for young people, parents, carers, and members of the children’s workforce.

A typical activity day for pupils consists of a maximum of four sessions throughout the day, ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the package booked and age of your pupils.

We also offer stand-alone parent and staff training sessions as well as lunch and learns for companies or parent groups

The Childnet Education team are excited to present  refreshed and updated presentations  featuring up to date advice for the new academic year.

Find out more about these visits and the experts who deliver them here.

How much is the discount and how do I get it?

By booking both an Education Visit and enrolling on the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme, you will receive 25% off the 1 year programme subscription, plus 30% off the Education Visits you book (excluding travel expenses and VAT).

Table of joint discount prices

How do I get the discount?

To redeem this joint  discount offer, please complete the Education Visit booking form on the Childnet website, and register your interest in the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme.

You will then be able to discuss the type of sessions you would like to book with the Education team and have the opportunity to preview the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme online platform with a free guest login. For more information on the guest login, please visit our guest login blog.

This joint discount offer is only available until 31st October 2019, so don’t miss it out on this opportunity to embed a whole school approach to online safety this year! If you have any questions at all, please get in touch here.

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How young people in Northern Ireland spend their time online

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During our recent Northern Ireland Digital Leaders Regional Event we asked several questions to the young people in attendance during our ‘Thought Wall’ activity. Zahra, a Digital Leader from Sarah Bonnell School, summarised the answers while she was with us on work experience.

If you could change one thing about the internet what would it be?

By far the most popular answer was to “make it safer” which shows how passionate young people are about online safety. Two other interesting answers were “more consequences for online hate” and “harsher punishment for online crimes” showing that the pupils were dwelling on the repercussions of people’s actions online and also thinking about long-term changes that could be made.

What is one thing you wish your parent/carers knew about life online?

The most common answer here was “make sure they know how to use it” which highlights the fact that many young people today grow up with the internet being an integral part of their lives, while many parents/carers will have only started using it regularly later in life so can have some catching up to do! A particularly constructive answer was “devices can also help you, not just harm you” which touches on some of the fears parents/carers can have over the threats that connected devices can pose, while recognising that there are many positives too.

Students answering questions

What is your favourite YouTube channel?

We had a wide range of responses to this one, with the channel categories ranging from history to lifestyle and makeup to international travel. It’s heartening to see how YouTubers can inspire their viewers to aspire to do great things.

How long do you spend online each day?

Most pupils claimed to be spending between 2 and 6 hours online every day, with only one saying that they spend no time online. One pupil claimed to spend 24 hours online every day!

What are your favourite games to play on a device?

The popular answers were all here, including FIFA, Roblox and Minecraft, as well as a few with older age ratings. We also had a couple of surprises including Portal 2 and Go Fish. The variety of answers shows a good mix of co-operation, competition, problem-solving and creativity.

Students with answers

How do you know when you’ve been online for too long?

Many of the common signs were highlighted here, with the most common being “sore eyes” closely followed by “when your battery runs out.” If you experience any signs that you have been online for too long, it can be a good idea to set yourself some time limits and do some of the things you enjoy offline, like reading, spending time outside, doing something creative or playing board games.

What is your most used app or website?

Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok were among the most popular answers. Digital Leaders, please do get involved in the community part of our platform and let us know what your most used apps or websites are.

What advice do you have for getting a healthy balance of online and offline time?

The most common response to this question was “limit your screen time.” A few pupils also mentioned “take a break” and “prioritise real life rather than online life” which are both good tips for managing your online time. One student also suggested “keep a schedule” which is a great idea for those who are more comfortable with a set routine. It’s also a good idea to set reminders and timers, as you can easily lose track of time when you’re online.

Students taking the lead

Thank you to the pupils, teachers and chaperones who attended our Northern Ireland Regional Event, and thank you for your contribution in this ‘thought wall’ exercise. Your insights will be used to shape our platform for future Digital Leaders.

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Digital Leaders achievements and updates – July 2019

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Welcome to the July edition of our monthly achievements and updates blog. Here we congratulate schools who have completed their training and share good news stories from Digital Leaders schools.

Well done to the Digital Leaders teams from the following schools who have recently completed their online training!

Chellaston Junior School

Finborough School

Notting Hill and Ealing High School Junior

Oaklands Primary Academy

Sir John Leman High School – 2nd cohort!

Wibsey Primary School

Congratulations to Digital Leaders from Sandown Primary School who finished the term at the top of the Primary Leaderboard and Coopers School who finished top of the Secondary Leaderboard this term!

Thank you to Zahra, a Digital Leader from Sarah Bonnell School

We recently enjoyed having Zahra, a Digital Leader from Sarah Bonnell School, who joined Childnet for a week as work experience. Zahra helped us with lots of tasks including editing our last newsletter of the academic year, filming for our upcoming Secondary module (to be released this week!) and inputting into our preparations for Safer Internet Day 2020. Thank you to Zahra for her hard work! Take a look at Zahra’s blog about her work experience with us and her inspiring blog about the work she has been doing as a Digital Leader over the past four years.


Digital Leaders give their thoughts on the Online Harms white Paper

Many thanks to all of the Digital Leaders who contributed their thoughts and opinions on the Online Harms White Paper which was published by government earlier this year. Childnet included the youth perspective of Digital Leaders in our response to the White Paper. Take a look at our blog which includes the full response from the Childnet Digital Leaders.

Many thanks to all of our Digital Leaders and teachers for all of their hard work this year. Have a great summer holiday, we look forward to working with all of our Digital Leaders teams next year and seeing the incredible impact that you make!

Please share with us what your Digital Leaders team have been up to and what they have planned for next year. Email [email protected] or tweet us @ChildnetDL #ChildnetDL to be included in the September update!

Updates from the Childnet Digital Leaders team

We will be releasing new modules on the primary and secondary training platforms this week!  These modules are focused on the topics of Digital Health, Wellbeing and Resilience and we can’t wait for Digital Leaders to try them out next term. We will also be rejuvenating the platforms over the summer so keep your eyes peeled for the new layout!


If you have not yet subscribed to the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme and would like a taster version of the online training platform please register your interest and request a 14 day guest login here.

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Shaping the future of online education in school: experiences from being a Digital Leader

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Hi! It’s Zahra.

As a Digital Leader at Sarah Bonnell School, I spread the message of online safety within my school community educating my peers about its importance. During my 4 years as a Digital Leader in my school I have been involved in many events and workshops. When we began the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme our workshops were quite small and not many people came. However throughout the years it has grown and we have become so much more influential in our school community.

When I first joined the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme I had to complete the online modules on the Digital Leaders platform. This helped me to expand my knowledge of the online world, allowing me to help advise others on how to use the internet in a positive and safe way. I enjoyed the modules a lot especially the one where we were tasked to do an event in our school. We held our first workshop later that year where we created many activities for students to enjoy at lunch.

In my second year of being a Digital Leader our team created a huge workshop in the assembly hall at lunch where we had many activities around the room. Students were invited to complete these activities and when they did they could personalise their own badge which was then made by the Digital Leaders. We also held many assemblies during the school year with presentations for all age groups which were very interesting and interactive.

Through the rest of the years I have gained more experienced in holding events, creating informative and interactive PowerPoints and spreading the message of online safety has become easier.

Successfully leading events

In my third year of being a Digital Leader our school held a day dedicated to teaching Year 7’s the importance of the online world which of course was led by us, the Digital Leaders! At the start of the day we led the lessons with PowerPoints we created based on the education packs provided by Childnet. At the end of the day the different classes created a drama role play based on the theme of Safer Internet Day 2018. This was a huge success and we were later informed that we had a surprise visit from Ofsted who saw us in action and praised our leadership! On the same day we were also invited to the SID 2018 London event as guests. This was an amazing experience! This was such a great success and we have continued these activities every year.

Sessions for students who are in trouble

We also created a new idea of holding sessions for students who are in trouble for misusing the internet. We created PowerPoints and activities for afterschool sessions where we informed the students of the consequences and encouraged them to reflect on their actions, explaining to them the benefits as well as risks of the internet. This had a great impact as we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of students who have been in internal exclusion for misusing the internet.

Getting involved in Safer Internet Day

This current year we have been busy, we held a SID event in our school for Year 7’s again based on this year’s theme of consent, where we taught students about the meaning and the importance of it. We have also been holding many more sessions and workshops for students which have had such a brilliant impact. This year we were again invited to the London SID event, not as guests but as students delivering the activities! This was an amazing experience and I was so excited. I also got the opportunity to be part of the youth panel presenting on stage and giving our opinions on different ideas around consent which was amazing.

The future of online safety in my school

Now in year 10 I have enjoyed every moment of being a Digital Leader and due to my strong passion I applied to become the senior leader for online safety in my school which I was then chosen for! This was really exciting and means I can have more of an input in online safety within my school. Next year I plan on holding amazing workshops, recruiting new Digital Leaders and creating an even bigger legacy. The experience of being a Digital Leader has been such a great one and I definitely recommend it to all of you who want to make a positive impact online.

But of course, none of this could have been possible without our amazing online safety teacher, Ms Adel at Sarah Bonnell School and of course the Childnet Digital Leaders team! Thank you for all the hard work and effort you put in.

I hope to carry on creating a positive impact on the online world and remember a safer internet starts with you!

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Zahra’s story of work experience at Childnet

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My name is Zahra and I am a Digital Leader at Sarah Bonnell School. I am 15 years old and I have been a Digital Leader for 4 years now, I enjoy it a lot. It is really amazing and I wanted to do more, so I decided to do my work experience at Childnet this week.

I thought doing my work experience at Childnet would be a great experience to get a better understanding of how things are done and help improve my knowledge as a Childnet Digital Leader. At the start of this year I got in touch with Childnet and they were delighted to offer me a place to do work experience.

During the course of the week I have done many activities and tasks which have given me an insight into the work carried out by Childnet. On the first day I was introduced to the amazing team and was then brought into the Digital Leaders team meeting to see how they organise and plan different events and other things.

Throughout the rest of the day I met Maithi, the Policy and Communications Manager, and reviewed the website giving my input for ideas to help improve it. I also did a Twitter takeover on the Digital Leaders Twitter with top tips on online safety – which you should totally check out if you haven’t already. This was a great start to the week and I was excited to do more.

Later on during the week I met the education team and reviewed some of the primary modules. I got to review this year’s Safer Internet Day, giving some suggestions for improvements. I then got a sneak peek at next year’s theme for Safer Internet Day which I am very excited about! The team at Childnet wanted to get my ideas on the theme and I had a lot of ideas to share.

Later on I met with John, the Business Manager, who talked about the history of Childnet and about finance and fundraising. This helped me to understand how Childnet runs and understand how it started. Furthermore, I also got to help create parts of some new modules for both the primary and secondary platforms which was really interesting. I was also able to review a module and give my input on different ideas to help improve it. I was then filmed for the intros and outros for a new module so look out for that! I am really excited.

These are just some of the exciting things I got to experience at Childnet this week. The whole team were very friendly and amazing to work with. I had an amazing time and learnt many new things. Thank you to the Childnet team for allowing me to do my work experience here and for giving me an amazing time here at Childnet. Thank you to the Digital Leaders team, Danielle, Siobhan, Charlotte and Fabian for organising all these fun activities for me to do and thank you to the rest of the Childnet team, I enjoyed working with you and had a great time. It was an incredible experience. I am very sad to be leaving but have learnt a lot from this experience, being able to better understand everything in this field of work.

I hope to be more involved in further projects to do with online safety and will miss doing my work experience here at Childnet. I will continue to spread the message of online safety in my school as a Digital Leader and look forward to more opportunities to come!

Thank you Childnet!

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Thoughts from our Digital Leaders on the Online Harms White Paper

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Earlier this year the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office published the Online Harms White Paper, outlining government proposals to make the internet a safer place.

As part of the Childnet response we wanted the invaluable youth perspective on these ideas, so we asked 78 of our Childnet Digital Leaders questions which were relevant to the proposed Online Harms White Paper. These ranged from questions about the issues facing young people online to what they thought industry could do more of.

Here are some of the things they said:

“I think the biggest issue on the internet at the moment is people are over-sharing and therefore giving others too much information which they can abuse. We are always told the same things: ‘never share your password online’ ‘never talk to someone you don’t know’ and ‘keep your privacy settings high’, which are all incredibly important, however we are never taught any of the new problems.”

“I believe that social media is a big issue as it leaves a large window for cyber bullying, peer pressure, online predators and addiction. Young people face issues through social media and are constantly challenged to have the best things, the most followers etc and it can greatly upset a minor.”

“(I want to know) what the outcomes of telling teachers or trusted adults about your problems are.”

“Something that should be covered in school more often is teaching about what to do when you are being cyber bullied and how to deal with it.”

Read the full response from the Childnet Digital Leaders

This is an excerpt from a blog on the Childnet website which includes Childnet’s overall response to the Online Harms White Paper.

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Digital Leaders achievements and updates – June 2019

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Welcome to the June edition of our monthly achievements and updates blog. Here we congratulate schools who have completed their training and share good news stories from Digital Leaders schools.

Northern Ireland Regional Event

This month we had our third Regional Event in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The event was an opportunity for young people across Northern Ireland to meet each other and collaborate on ways to share their online safety knowledge with the pupils at their schools. The young people also received exclusive training from the Childnet Education team who present sessions and workshops at schools all over the country.

Thank you to the Digital Leaders who attended the event, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and we can’t wait to see how you impact online safety in your school community! Many thanks to the teachers in attendance who played a crucial role in the smooth running of the day.

Well done to the Digital Leaders teams from the following schools who have recently completed their online training!

Abbey Primary School, Northampton – 2nd cohort!

Birkenhead High School Academy- Juniors

Bromley High School Junior – 2nd cohort!

Brooke Hill Academy

Coopers School

Fens Primary School – 3rd cohort!

Gordon’s School

Grovelands Community Primary School

Llanischen Fach Primary – 2nd cohort!

Newcastle High School for Girls Junior School

Northampton High School – Junior GDST

Notre Dame Senior School – 2nd cohort!

Roedean School

Sandal Castle (VA) Community Primary School

Sandown Primary School

The Greneway Middle School – 2nd cohort!

Woodcote Primary School

Woodford County High – 2nd cohort!

Digital Leader Guest Blogs

Well done to Notre Dame Digital Leaders for the engaging blog that they sent to us including excellent top tips for speaking in assembly and key messages on hacking and secure passwords. Congratulations to King’s Ely Junior Digital Leaders for running another successful Digital Picnic, once again we are very impressed.

Take a look at their blogs that are featured on our website.

We love to post guest blogs from Digital Leaders teams, so let us know if your team would like to write a blog for our website!

Notre Dame blog on Hacking and successfully running assemblies

King’s Ely Junior blog on their second Digital Picnic of the year

Digital Leader t-shirts

Fantastic job Swaffield School Digital Leaders Wiktor and William who recently finished their training and made these excellent Digital Leader t-shirts. We love how creative you have been and can’t wait to see what you do next!

Thank you to all of the schools who have tweeted us this month, we are so impressed with your Digital Leaders teams and everything they have done to share their online safety knowledge. A special well done to West Kirby Grammar School Digital Leaders who took over their school computing department’s twitter for a whole week to share their top online safety tips!

Please share with us what your Digital Leaders team have been up to. Email [email protected] or tweet us @ChildnetDL #ChildnetDL to be included in the next update!

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