What to expect from the rest of the toolkit

This STAR Toolkit is an extension of an original project launched in 2014 and has been developed in partnership with SEN educators and supported by the European Commission. The guidance aims to equip, enable and empower educators with the relevant knowledge they need to support young people who have special educational needs when they are online.

This resource is being developed and launched in stages in order to obtain and build upon feedback whilst working with educators and specialist organisations. Below you will find an outline of what to expect from the rest of the toolkit. 

What else to expect from S is for Safe Sharing

In 2019 we will be including more content under S is for Safe Sharing.

This will include: 

  • Sexting

What to expect from T for Trust

The internet provides access to potentially limitless information and opportunities for communication right at our fingertips. Searching and exploring content and interacting with other people online can be exciting, but increased freedom can also present increased challenges. These challenges are faced by anyone using the internet but can sometimes be magnified for young people with special educational needs who might find it harder to critically evaluate information and decipher a trustworthy person from someone with ulterior motives.  

The teaching points covered in this section are:

  • Trustworthy information online (including websites, fake news, pop-ups, in-app purchases, phishing emails)
  • Trustworthy people online (including looking at the motivations behind why people contact us online and social media verification)
  • Edited online content (including social media posts and images, opinions posted as facts and reviews)

What to expect from A for Action

Unfortunately not every young person's experiences online are positive. Encountering inappropriate content, receiving hurtful and upsetting comments and even the amount of time spent online can have a negative impact on someone's well-being. This section of the toolkit aims to empower young people to reflect on their own digital well-being and feel confident in knowing how to respond to certain situations if they or someone they know encounters them online.

The teaching points covered in this section are:

  • Cyberbullying (including defining cyberbullying, looking at victims, perpetrators and bystanders, and knowing how to report) 
  • Inappropriate Content (including what is classed as 'inappropriate content', strategies for dealing with inappropriate content online and knowing how to report)
  • Using the internet for good (including spreading positive messages, being a good online citizen and creating a positive digital footprint)
  • Digital well-being (including exploring how being online makes you feel, the amount of time spent online and quality vs quantity)

What to expect from R for Respect 

Respect and kindness can take different forms online and mean different things to different people. There can be things online which one person may find amusing, whilst another may feel upset, worried or even offended. The internet provides everyone with the opportunity to voice their opinions, whether that's through social media, gaming platforms or review sites. However with this young people need to know how to handle situations where people may disagree online and know how to appropriately respond to or challenge this conflict. 

Online respect also encompasses being a good friend and thinking of others when sharing content online. This would include looking at how consent works in an online context and getting young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online within their friendships or relationships. 

 

The teaching points covered in this section are:

  • Dealing with conflict online (including how to deal with someone disagreeing with you online and how to effectively respond to or challenge conflict online)
  • Online Friendship (including being a good online friend and the difference between an offline friend and an online friend) 
  • Consent in a digital age (including understanding the importance of obtaining consent online and the ways in which we can actively ask someone)

The content outlined above is subject to change during the development of this resource.