The trick to keeping safe online

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SCHOOL pupils have got a new trick up their sleeve for sharing online safety tips.
 
They are using SNNAP (Safer Social Networking Activity Pack) - a card game to prompt discussion among their peers about the consequences of sharing information on social media.
 
Tameside Phoenix, the multi-agency team for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), has reported that approximately 85% of current CSE cases being investigated involve online activity. As part of wider, ongoing work to address this, pupils at New Charter Academy in Ashton have been working with teachers and Tameside Safeguarding Children Board (TSCB) to develop classroom sessions using the SSNAP card game to help teach their peers about staying safe online.
 
A pilot was set up with four Year 10 Pupil Ambassadors who devised their own session, using the game, to deliver to groups of Year 7 pupils. This included a presentation interspersed with activities and discussion to engage the group.
 
It has proven so successful that they are now teaching further groups of students and they intend to train up younger pupils to deliver the resource in the future. There are also plans to roll the resource out to more schools.
 
The pupils also showcased their work to senior children’s safeguarding leaders at a recent TSCB meeting at Dukinfield Town Hall.
 
TSCB Quality Assurance Officer Katherine Quinn, who has worked with New Charter on the project, said: “With more and more children and young people using social media and online resources from a younger age it is important we explore all the ways we can to help them keep safe online.
 
“The SSNAP card game is a fun and engaging way for pupils to discuss online threats and learn how to keep safe and it has proven all the more effective and popular with the young people as it has been delivered by their peers – people who they perceive to have more relevant knowledge of social media.”
 
New Charter Vice-Principal Rachel Gill, who is responsible for Key Stage 3 progress & Student Wellbeing, said: “E-safety is such an important issue for our young people and we are incredibly proud of the commitment and enthusiasm our student team has shown in planning sessions that they feel will really resonate with their peers.
 
“They have received fantastic feedback from year 7 & 8 students; so much so that we are constantly getting requests from other students to take part in their lessons.”
 
For further advice and guidance on CSE and online safety see www.itsnotokay.co.uk
 
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