Autism and online safety

Posted on 02 May 2014

Yesterday, Childnet's education team travelled to Leicester to work with teachers to continue to develop a new online safety resource to support learners with autism spectrum disorder. 

Education Manager, Caroline Hurst, tells us what happened on the visit:

At Childnet we are experts in internet safety however to ensure we are using the correct methodologies to educate learners on the autistic spectrum, we are working with three BSF schools in Leicester to create the resource.  These schools have been an integral part of the process, providing ongoing advice and guidance.  Yesterday, all of the education team who are leading on this project made a quick visit to Leicester to share the team’s progress with teachers from the three BSF schools.  This meeting was extremely valuable, again highlighting the need for a project such as this one.  We talked through some of the advice and activities we had started developing and it was particularly reassuring to hear their positive feedback about our key messages and proposed layout of the resource. 

After talking through the resource we then discussed preparations for the resource launch event.  We had an opportunity to visit New Walk Museum, the venue for the launch, and talk through launch details and resource dissemination with Leicester City Council.  As we count down to the launch on the 3rd June we will keep you up to date with our progress and launch preparation.

Developed in partnership with Leicester City Council's Building Schools for the Future Programme the resource will be a guidance for teachers to help them educate their pupils about how best to stay safe online. The guidance will be launched in June 2014 and will be available for free for schools across the UK.

If you would like to find out anymore information about this online resource or the event please do email [email protected].

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