New research on teen online safety

The PSHE Association has launched a new report in partnership with the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) outlining 11 key principles of effective practice in prevention work with young people.

The report reveals that effective interventions are more likely to engage with parents and the wider community, consulting them in the design of the programme, and ensuring that positive messages taught at school are reinforced at home. Other findings include the importance of using interactive and skills-based teaching strategies, and effective monitoring and evaluation.

Experts in the field have urged education professionals to take an evidence-based approach, arguing that principles of effective practice are transferrable across areas of prevention education, from online safety and sex and relationships education to programmes developing essential social and emotional skills. We hope this document will support teachers and other education professionals to deliver evidence-based online safety education within the context of a broader PSHE programme.

Jonathan Baggaley, Head of Education at the NCA’s CEOP Command, said:

“This valuable report sets out clear, evidence-based principles for all those who develop and deliver online safety education programmes, distilled from years of relevant experience. It shows that helping children practice skills as well as gaining knowledge, delivering a structured curriculum over time, training and developing staff and engaging with parents and communities make a real difference in preventing harm to children.

Today’s children are growing up online, and make little distinction between life online and off. Their use of online games, apps and services plays a crucial role in the development of their identities, friendships, relationships, passions and aspirations. It is essential that we respond by offering them high-quality online safety education based on the best available evidence. We hope this report will help educators to do just that.”

Download the joint report between the PSHE Association and CEOP.

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