Digital Resilience

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: 

  1. to support young people to become more careful and discerning users of the Internet and social networking sites. 
  2. to meet 'Prevent' duty outlined by the Department for Education (DfE), which states that we must "safeguard children and young people in England from extremists and extremist views in school and in out of school hours learning, and stop young people from becoming radicalised or acting on extreme views." This also ties with the Common Inspection Framework (Jun 2015) that evaluates children and other learners "understanding of how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media".

Why do we need this?

During our consultation, numerous references were made to:

  • The dangers of the "privatised learning of the Internet."
  • "The inability to recognise bias, propaganda and often downright nonsense."
  • "The widespread belief in conspiracy theories."
  • "Lack of skills to balance arguments with good, reliable and trustworthy information."

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,:

  • 100% of students say they spend at least three hours a day on the internet and social networking sites
  • over 60% of students rated YouTube as their first port of call for reliable information. They felt formal news channels such as the BBC or Guardian were more likely to 'lie to us' or be influenced by a political agenda
  • over 75% of students felt they could relate more to the ‘Illuminati’ Theory of the New World Order than to the ‘factual’ information presented through formal news sources.
  • Students are eager to discuss political issues, but often do not have the knowledge or understanding to have an informed discussion

Resources, training and projects from Digital Resilience

A number of downloadable resources, created by the Digital Resilience team, are available below. These include:

  • self-assessment framework for schools in relation to Prevent.  It is intended for practitioners to work through it and tick off all the areas that they have covered as part of their safeguarding role in relation to Prevent.
  •  a template policy statement, which can be inserted directly into an institution's safeguarding policy and will mean that they are covered in terms of meeting this particular demand of the new Prevent duty that came into effect on 1 July 2015
  • guidance documents to ensure education settings have appropriate Filtering and Monitoring for Education settings  

Institutions are recommended to contact the Community Safety Team on 0208 496 3000 for further guidance and support around specific cases or queries relating to IT filtering and policy updates.

Monitoring use 

Using our resources and materials 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 either the Senior Programme Manager (Prevent Education), Sean Thomson (sean.thomson@walthamforest.gov.uk)  or the Prevent Coordinator for Waltham Forest, Jena Musa (jena.musa@walthamforest.gov.uk).

 

Further information

For further information regarding the Digital Resilience package or training, please email or phone the Senior Programme Manager (Prevent Education) Sean Thomson: 

Email: sean.thomson@walthamforest.gov.uk 

Phone: 020 8496 3447

Useful information can also be found via the useful links page.

 

Downloads

Appropriate filtering for Education settings

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Appropriate monitoring

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British values SoW

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Extremism SoW

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Freedom of speech SoW

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Online safety SoW

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PREVENT safeguarding policy statement

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PREVENT Self-assessment framework

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Social Network SoW

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Last update: Tuesday 4th of June 2019 10:17:22 AM