Schools can help young people to navigate the online world safely. Providing pupils with the tools to stay safe online and understand the impacts of the digital world can support the 2019 OFSTED framework, Section 28 Personal Development: …prepares learners for life in modern Britain by equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society. Understanding ‘the distinction between the online world and other aspects of life’ including relationships is core to the government’s new statutory Relationship Education, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education guidance.

National Guidance

Education for a Connected World a framework to equip children and young people for digital life from the UK Council for Internet Safety

Teaching online safety in schools guidance supporting schools to teach pupils how to stay safe online when studying new and existing subjects

Searching, screening and confiscation at school guidance explaining the powers schools have to screen and search pupils, and to confiscate items they find. Can be used in relation to phones and images.

Advice and Resources

Hampshire’s online safety resources for parents, carers, young people and school professionals contains information on cyberbullying, sexting, online gaming, social media, parental controls and policies

Safe4Me advice for teachers and parents from Hampshire Police

Rise Above resources for schools on cyberbullying, online stress and FOMO, social media and body image in a digital world

Think you Know? An education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. You can search for advice by age group.

UK Safer Internet Centre Resources for 11-19s

Childnet has resources for teachers, young people and parents. They have developed a toolkit ‘Step Up, Speak Out’ to address issues of online sexual harassment in 13-17 year olds.

Royal Society of Public Health offers a free e-learning course Looking after your self-ie: A guide to finding your balance on and offline. It aims to help social media users build a more balanced relationship with platforms. It focusses on awareness-raising; educating users on the potential harms and benefits of social media.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Cyber Ambassadors scheme for young people aged 8-18 years

Online gambling:

Resources for promoting resilience to gambling from the PHSE association (free)

PSHE Association and GambleAware Teacher Handbook: How to Address Gambling through PSHE Education

Big Deal: a place for young people to find information and support related to gambling

YGam are currently offering free online training to equip you with the knowledge and resources to inform, educate and safeguard the young people you work with about gaming and gambling.