The ‘Digital Resilience’ package is a suite of resources for staff and students in secondary schools in Waltham Forest.
Waltham Forest's Digital Resilience package is designed to safeguard young people from potentially harmful information or views presented on the Internet and through social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. It is a response to two particular needs:
Recent statistics* show that, nationally:
During our local consultation within education settings, numerous references were made to:
In short, if a young person lacks the tools to make sense of their increasingly digital world it has a direct impact on their vulnerability to potentially harmful information and agendas.
These concerns were affirmed through student focus groups where, for example,:
A number of downloadable resources, created by Waltham Forest Prevent team, are available below. These include:
Institutions are recommended to contact the Community Safety Team via email or on 0208 496 3000 for further guidance and support around specific cases or queries relating to IT filtering and policy updates.
In order to ensure a consistently high standard of support is offered by the Early Help Division and Community Safety Team, it is important that we are able to monitor which of our resources and provisions are being looked at and utilised by institutions across the borough. Additionally, we want to make sure that institutions and their staff are given every opportunity to receive additional training and guidance around any resources that they intend to use.
With this in mind, we would ask that if you plan to access something from the Digital Resilience package, that you send a notification email - including the name of your school and the resources you intend to use to the Community Safety team with the subject ‘Prevent Hub resources’.
For further information regarding the Digital Resilience package or training, please email the Community Safety Team or phone the community Safety on 020 8496 3000.
Useful information can also be found via the useful links page.
* Statistics taken from Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report, 2018.