Bringing sex education in line with the age of the Internet

Thu, 16/01/2014 - 08:57

On Tuesday evening, David Cameron announced plans to update sex education in schools saying “I think we can add in better guidance for some of the modern problems of cyber bullying and sexting. We need to deal with that.” The current sex education guidelines were last updated in 2000 and make no reference to the role of the Internet. Cameron’s proposed new curriculum will include education children on the dangers of cyber bullying and sexting as well as addressing how to deal with these issues.

This move comes at a perfect time as cases of cyber bullying and sexting amongst young people are increasing exponentially. Childline recently reported an 87% increase in calls regarding cyber bullying since 2012 and a report by the NSPCC show 40% of children have sent an indecent image of themselves, including those as young as 8. However, it is not just young people who need educating on safeguarding concerns, a recent BBC survey revealed that 44% of teachers did not know how to deal with cyber bullying and may not always be able to provide the advice and support that young people need.

It is difficult to monitor a child’s behaviour online and despite a teachers best efforts, cases may sadly go unidentified. Redstor Safeguarding, in partnership with Securus, addresses the pertinent challenge of protecting young people from inappropriate content and cyber bullying. The service alerts staff to potential child protection issues; empowering schools to provide an immediate, informed response. Redstor Safeguarding ables staff to easily conform to Ofsted requirements and helps children recognise unsafe situations and how to use technologies responsibly. Additionally, when a school sign up to Redstor Safeguarding, it is entitled to Beat Bullying webinars; child protection advice by phone and email; a comprehensive Securus e-safeguarding handbook; online demos and training; regular safeguarding bulletins and software updates.

From the 22nd – 25th January, Redstor will be showcasing our Safeguarding service at The Bett Show, stand A40. Please come along where our experienced team will be more than happy to discuss the service and offer product demonstrations. For under £500 per primary school, Redstor Safeguarding encourages children to stay safe online, it meets Ofsted recommendations by allowing pupils to use the latest technologies and ensuring any e-safety issues are captured, as well as supporting a school’s legal duty of care. Please visit our  safeguarding service page or email [email protected] to find out more.

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