Safer Internet Day 2020 Competition

Encourage pupils to work together for a better internet with our annual competition


The next ‘Safer Internet Day’ will be the seventeenth edition of the event and will take place worldwide on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

The theme for 'SID2020' will be ‘Together for a better internet’. The day aims to inspire young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. The campaign will also explore whether young people feel free to be themselves online - #Freetobe

SID2020 Competition

To celebrate the fantastic work being done through Safer Internet Day activities around the world, we are delighted to be running our annual competition for schools. To get involved, all your pupils have to do is complete the picture as shown below and then tweet their entries from the school Twitter account.

The template can be downloaded as part of our free Safer Internet Day assembly available to all members (if you are not already a member, you can join our free membership here), or you can create your own. This can be in simple text, an image or a video. As long as it can be Tweeted and includes @SafeguardingSGE in the message.

To submit your school entries:

1) Simply Tweet your entries including the @SafeguardingSGE from your school Twitter account,
or
2) Submit your entries by email to competition@safeguardingessentials.com and we will Tweet it on your behalf

Entry is open now and schools can enter as many tips as they wish. All entries must be received before midnight on February 7th 2020 to be included in the competition. Please see the competition terms here.

There are 2 categories, Best Primary School Entry, Best Secondary School Entry. If you are chosen as a winner, you will be given 1 years free membership to Safeguarding Essentials for your school.

Competition Winners


Once again, we received some fantastic entries for the competition, making judging tough. Well done to all the schools and pupils who took part. The two winning schools are:

The Hall Primary School "We launched the competition during our Safer Internet Day assembly and then put up the display with post-it notes ready for the children. It gave them a chance to think about their tips and reflect over time as they did a different topic each day. It was great to see pupils from KS1 upwards getting involved and crowding around the display in order to get their ideas up."
SID2020 Competition Winner Primary

Rishworth SchoolSID2020 Competition Winner Secondary


Written by Safeguarding Essentials on February 11, 2020 14:13

Have your say: Social Media Challenges

Can the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to social media crazes?


Social IconsEarlier this month, the Department for Education issued a warning to schools, alerting them to the re-emergence of the 'aerosol challenge'. Spreading among young people by the increasingly popular TikTok app, this craze is said to involve repeatedly spraying the same part of the body with spray deodorant. These actions are filmed and shared across the social media platform. Needless to say, this 'challenge' can lead to significant injuries.

Internet challenges and crazes emerge constantly via social media - some are proven to be hoaxes, while others become incredibly popular. But are they all bad?

For instance, the 'foot shake dance challenge' is now also making a return via TikTok - with this particular trend capturing the imagination of children and adults alike.

And now, with the election looming, a new challenge has emerged - young people have been registering to vote and challenging their friends to do so too. According to reports, nearly 1.5million young people have now registered to vote.

While some social media challenges are clearly dangerous - be they hoax or real, they are still capable of causing concern. But they can also create a wave of positive action.


Have your say

Have you had experience of social media trends in your school? What is your school doing to tackle the issue? What positive outcomes have you seen from talking to pupils about this? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions using the comments section below.

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on November 29, 2019 10:12

Join tootoot's anti-bullying programme

Tootoot CEO and Co-founder Michael Brennan writes to invite schools to join tootoot’s six-week Anti-Bullying Programme.

tootoot anti-bullying weekBullying can have devastating effects on the victim and perpetrator, from mental health to physical health to academic attainment, and these effects can be felt well into adulthood. This I know only too well. I was bullied throughout primary and secondary school. The impact this had on my childhood is what drove me to create tootoot - so other children and young people, like myself, have another way to speak-up.

A recent study has found that the trauma stemming from chronic bullying can affect the structure of the brain, specifically parts involved with how the brain learns and the body moves. These changes were found to partly explain the relationship between high levels of bullying and higher levels of general anxiety at age 19*.

The whole team and I at tootoot, are passionate about anti-bullying and committed to helping pupils speak-up for themselves and others. Which is why we have created a free six-week Anti-Bullying Programme to help schools celebrate Anti-Bullying Week, and ultimately support bullying prevention and empower pupils to speak-up.

Your programme will include:

  • Access to tootoot – the pupil voice software that gives pupils a simple and trusted
    way to talk about any concerns
  • Access to tootmood – the simple feedback app that makes it easy to track the
    feelings and attitudes of your pupils
  • Click here to sign-up to the programme and we will be in contact shortly after. Act now, registration closed on 15th November 2019



    *(Quinlan, et al, 2018)

    Written by Michael Brennan on November 14, 2019 11:28


    Join Safeguarding Essentials

    • Protect your pupils
    • Support your teachers
    • Deliver outstanding practice

    Recent Stories
    Story Tags
    addiction anti_bullying_alliance #antibullyingweek anti-radicalisation apps ask.fm assembly avatars awards awareness bett Breck_Foundation bug bullying BYOD calendar cber_bullying #CEADay20 censorship ceop chatfoss checklist child child_exploitation childline childnet child_protection childwise christmas ClassDojo classroom competition cookies Covid, CPD creepshot CSE curriculum cyberbullying cyber_bullying cyber_crime cybersmile_foundation cybersurvey data_protection DCMS Demos development devices DfE digital_citizenship digital_footprint digital_forensics digital_leaders digital_literacy digital_native digital_reputation digital_wellbeing ecadets eCadets education e-learning emoticon e-safe esafety e-safety e-safety, e-safety_support esports #esscomp #esstips ethics events exa exploitation extreemism extremism extremism, facebook fake_news fantastict fapchat FAPZ film filtering freemium #Freetobe friendly_wifi gaming GDPR #GetSafeOnline glossary GoBubble gogadgetfree google governor grooming #GSODay2016 guidance hacker hacking health, icon information innovation inspection instagram instragram internet internet_matters internet_of_things internet_safety into_film ipad iphone ipod irights IWF KCSIE #KeepMeSafe knife_crime language leetspeak lesson like linkedin live_streaming lscb malware media mental_health mobile momo monitor monitoring naace national_safeguarding_month navigation neknominate netiquette network news NHCAW nomophobia nspcc NWG ofcom offline ofsted omegle online online_safety oracle parents phishing phone Point2Protect policy pornography power_for_good pressure PREVENT primary privacy professional_development protection PSHE PSHE, #pupilvoiceweek radicalisation ratting rdi relationships reporting research risk robots RSE RSPH safeguarding safeguarding, safer_internet_day safety SCD2015 #SCD2016 school screen_time sdfsdf security self-harm selfie sexting sextortion ShareAware sid SID SID2016 SID2017 SID2018 SID2019 SID2020 smartphone snapchat snappening social_media social_media, social_networking staff staff_training #standuptobullying statutory_guidance Stop_CSE stop_cyberbullying_day stress students survey swgfl SWGfL tablet teach teachers technology terrorism texting TikTok tootoot training TrainingSchoolz TrainingToolz trends troll trolling twitter UKCCIS uk_safer_internet_centre UK_youth unplug2015 video virus VPN webinar website wellbeing we_protect what_is_e-safety wifi wi-fi windows wizard working_together yik_yak young_people youthworks youtube YPSI yubo
    Archive