Government backing to build on our popular guidance and award-winning resources from 2007
Last year the Government Equalities Office announced £500K of funding for the UK Safer Internet Centre to help it to continue its important work supporting children, families and schools.
As part of this we, at Childnet, will deliver an updated cyberbullying guidance for schools, building on our 2007 guidance commissioned by the then Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Plus we will launch new multimedia resources to build on our award-winning film resource Let’s Fight it Together.
Listening to young people, schools and experts to deliver practical and effective tools
As we develop this project, we are listening to schools and young people across the UK, and we are engaging leading experts in this area.
We ran a series of focus groups with young people across the UK to hear directly what young people have to say about cyberbullying and how schools can help remove barriers that prevent young people from seeking help about cyberbullying. The young people were also involved in testing and trialling the concepts for the educational film to help us explore their understanding and experiences of key issues that will be addressed, and to ensure the films are relatable, relevant and impactful.
We also opened out the discussion to schools across the UK in May when we invited schools to take part in a consultation into best practices in preventing and responding to cyberbullying. This has been extremely helpful, with 150 responses which highlight a range of best practices and provide practical and effective examples to other schools.
The expert advisory panel, drawn from across the charity sector, teaching unions, local and national government, internet industry and police, has been involved in shaping and reviewing the cyberbullying guidance.
The guidance and resources will draw together the ideas and experience of these key stakeholders, and a wider network of interested groups, as well as young people and schools across the UK. The end result will be a practical and evidence-based guidance that will give schools a road map for preventing and responding to cyberbullying in their school community, along with resources that really resonate with young people.