The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission has launched a new cyber safety campaign encouraging young people to Go FISH (Find. Internet. Safety. Help.)
The internet is a phenomenal resource connecting people globally, helping them communicate with friends and share anything instantly. You can even complete your school or homework and submit it across the internet.
The accessibility and reliance of the world wide web means that increasingly young people are able to have a much bigger presence online (more so than their parents). We therefore need to try and make this environment as safe for children and young people as the offline world is.
In response to feedback from the Big Conversation, the Youth Commission piloted Cyber Ambassadors in schools. The main aim of the scheme is to skill-up a small number of pupils in each school that is taking part on key online safety issues (supported by a member of staff). These informed pupils then pass on their learning and offer helpful support to their peers.
Following the pilot scheme, it is now being rolled out across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. You can read the full evaluation of the scheme here and there is still time for schools to sign up to receive free training: Contact Us and ask for the Cyber Ambassador Scheme Coordinator.
In primary schools the scheme focuses on five cyber sea monsters that are up to no good online and need to be defeated - the monsters each represent a potential online danger. The programme uses interactive games and activities to make learning about online safety fun.
In secondary schools the programme is an extension of the GoFish campaign it uses quizzes, activities and online tools to provide information about issues such as sexting, cyber stalking, virtual mobbing and more.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.
https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down. It refers to using the app to verify age.
Leicestershire Police raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming with a film based on the story of teen Kayleigh Haywood; it highlights how quickly and easily children can be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening.
The film has been shown to schoolchildren aged 11+ in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Kayleigh’s love story is available to watch online in eight different versions, including a signed version, and audio described version and versions translated into five languages.
Find out what the Youth Commission members recommended to the Police and Crime Commissioner after their Go FISH campaign at the 2018 Recommendations Conference.
If you would like to work with the Youth Commission on their #GoFISH campaign, we provide can access to resources. If you need access to the resources, please enter your details in the Contact Form, select Youth Commission from the drop-down list, and specify that you are requesting access to the #GoFISH resources.