Help your children and pupils ‘Own It’ with the BBC

For the LGfL DigiSafe team, a clear online-safety resource highlight of 2018 so far has been the launch of BBC Own It! And the best bit? It’s not a single resource, but an entire portal – aimed at and very much ‘in’ the voice of young people. We met Own It Editor Dave Howard and asked for his top tips for parents and teachers taking a first foray into the uber-cool world of Own It.

Here’s what Dave had to say (scroll to the end to find out our favourites, and let us know yours, too):

“BBC Own It is designed to speak directly with children (mostly aged 9 to 12) about things that affect their lives online. However, much of our content can just as easily be used by parents, teachers and other professionals to start conversations with young people about staying healthy and happy in digital spaces. If you’re keen to explore the site in more detail, here are ten links to get you started:

 1) Gaming: should you take a break?

Linked to the WHO recently classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition, this video (and associated text advice from psychiatrist and Own It advisor Dr Aaron Balick) could be used to kick off a conversation about gaming habits, and being aware of lines they could cross.

 2) Doggie Diagnosis

We are building the Own It Scottie Dogs, Will and Ainslie, into a brand that helps us find humorous ways in to tricky topics. In this short comic animation, one of our furry friends starts to worry that he has a serious illness – after doing a ‘Doggle’ search of his symptoms. 

 3) The best and worst of life online

This hard-hitting film was a central plank of Own It’s launch on Safer Internet Day back in February.  It can be used to start a conversation about how children and teens are themselves in control of how they conduct themselves online, and how the words they choose to use online – nice or nasty – can impact others.

 4) “Be curious, be smart, be kind, be you”

This spoken-word piece was workshopped and composed with kids by former European and Scottish Slam Poetry champion MiKo Berry. It celebrates the internet as the greatest invention of modern times.  But it also explores how, just as cars need seat-belts to go fast, we need to consider how we keep ourselves safe online. 

 5) How manky is your mobile?

This video is a deliberately different take on digital well-being.  Our phones and devices go with us everywhere, including to the bathroom (yes, even yours – don’t deny it!) This video, starring CBBC and Radio 1 presenter Katie Thistleton, shows how many gross things could be living on our phones.  

A ‘top five’ of Own It resources just wouldn’t cover it – so here are five more I couldn’t go without mentioning:

6) Have you seen bullying in online gaming?

A video, in which kids talk about their personal experiences with bullying in online gaming. How did it make them feel? It is a great platform to get kids in classrooms to talk about their own experiences and share them with an adult.

 7) Being smart on social media

This is one of a series of films shot with the casts of CBBC shows, and stars actors Millie and Tallulah, who play Millie Inbetween and her older sister. It’s intended for introducing kids to social media for the first time – and asks them to prioritise security settings, and not giving away too much information about yourself.

8) Are you parents savvy on social media?

Part of our “Managing Parents” collection. Team Own It vlogger, Scola Dondo, and her mum talk about their shared life online and what it’s like posting things to social media that your parents can see. This video is important in getting kids to realise that it’s not awful being friends with your parents online and, actually, you can help each other.

 9) 8 Ways to Spot a “Sharent” listicle
When we showed this page to a group of children in Glasgow, they cheered and gave it a standing ovation.  This collection of memes can be used by children to start a conversation if they feel their parents or carers are sharing too much of their lives online.

10) Get Urgent Help or Advice Here
This is the most important page on the Own It site.  Please, if at all possible, make the children you work with aware of it.  It’s a fast-track to places they can go to get help when they need it – from Childline to CEOP to dialing 999 in an emergency.”

Dave Howard, Editor of BBC Own It

PS from the LGfL DigiSafe Team – three of our favourites so far are:

  1. Number 3 above (The best and worst of life online) – great blend of the awful and the awesome
  2. When your parents are on social – different way to start a parent session, thinking about who exactly has no filter – adults or children, and…
  3. This great series where Kids Explain concepts to their parents – genius!

Tweet @LGfLDigiSafe and let us know yours…




Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

The Department for Education’s flagship safeguarding document is ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ or KCSIE for short. It has been updated for September 2018, with valuable new additions that all schools need to consider. Designated Safeguarding Leads and school leaders and owners need to read it all, but here is an introduction to some of the changes that will have an impact on everybody.


Wherever I go to talk to teachers about safeguarding, I like to ask if everyone at their school has read Part 1 of KCSIE. The guidance is statutory, which means that schools must follow what it says, and within the introduction it points out that Part 1, the first 15 pages of the document, is to be read by all staff. That doesn’t mean all teachers, but all staff – in the office, in the site team, in the canteen…

Annex A covers specific forms of abuse and safeguarding issues, and should be read by leaders and anyone in school who works directly with children. If you think this isn’t the case in your school, why not stop reading now and go and set the wheels in motion for this to take place now. Not to mention Annex C about online safety…


There is no way around reading the document itself, but to help you get to grips with the changes at a glance if you are well accustomed to the previous KCSIE, we have put together a tracked changes document here, and Annex H of the main document (scroll down this page to see the 2018 version) includes the changes in table form.


One key new area is the addition of Part 5, which refers to and summarises the new DfE advice on sexual violence and harassment in schools. It is worth reading the full document as it is very helpful, with case studies, actions and guidance for a range of issues. The text stresses that schools must take all forms of sexual violence and harassment seriously and explains how it exists on a continuum.

Behaviours sometimes considered as ‘low level’ must be treated seriously and not allowed to perpetuate. Schools need to take action on a range of issues and the document makes specific reference to behaviours which are often tolerated or treated as minor misdemeanours, such as bra-strap flicking and the careless use of language.


Many schools, especially those in London will now be more familiar with ‘county lines’ than at the time the 2016 document was published. KCSIE now gives a useful summary of the phenomenon in Annex A with key factors involved in this type of abuse.

There are many other changes, small and large. For example, there is new mention of contextual safeguarding and how we need to work on understanding the full picture to understand children’s lives and the overall safeguarding jigsaw. Schools are now recommended to hold at least two emergency contacts after cases of deaths in the home of the single contact themselves.

In online safety, new resources and signposting has been added, as well as mention of topics to cover such as fake news, pornography and racist extremism. The role of the school designated safeguarding lead is defined in KCSIE; this 2018 edition of KCSIE adds the words ‘including online safety’ after safeguarding and child protection, highlighting how the DSL has lead responsibility, and online safety is inseparable from safeguarding. This is a really helpful addition, highlighting that whilst it’s fine to have an online-safety lead other than the DSL or deputy DSL, there must be a very close working relationship and support lines between anyone in this position and the DSL.


This post is just a summary of a few points in the new KCSIE to get you started – there is not room to cover everything here, so make sure you go to the document itself on (and remember the tracked changes version might help the first time you read it). For other perspectives, picking out other key points, why not check out Andrew Hall’s update page and video here, an NSPCC overview here, or Kenty County Council’s online safety in KCSIE overview here.

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility, so get your colleagues reading! September’s CPD updates for all school staff always include reminders and new aspects to look out for, but the new KCSIE gives us an opportunity to return to these issues and cover new areas to help make the next academic year a great one for keeping children safe.





Gangs support


This post is a copy of the links shared via the LGfL DigiSafe newsletter a few weeks ago, but due to popular demand, I’m reposting here a roundup of resources and advice available for schools on knives and gangs. Do let us know what else you would find useful.

KnifeFree campaign and resources

You may have seen Home Office #KnifeFree adverts in the past few weeks. There is an accompanying website: has videos of people who have moved away from or resisted gangs, includes risks, consequences, facts, info for parents, reporting advice and further links. The videos may be more suited to Secondary pupils, but there is lots that could be useful in Primaries for teachers and parents.

There are also POSTERS which might help as discussion starters around school.

The NSPCC has a dedicated gangs page which will be useful for all colleagues. There is advice and guidance and a great video to share with staff / parents.
Make sure parents are aware they can call the NSPCC hotline (0808 800 5000) for adults concerned about a child for advice on issues including gangs:

Here is a government advice leaflet for parents and carers (it’s from 2014 but still offers useful advice). 


Poster from Brent council with signs to look out for – meant for parents but great for the staffroom too.


And there are two great advice pages designed for young people from Childline on Gangs and Gun and knife crime

Finally, below is a list of further links that may be of use / interest.

But first, we are looking at what other support we can offer to schools in the area of gangs, in particular in relation to social-media-driven conflict, aggression and violence. If you have ideas or particular needs in this area, hit reply to tell us so we can best provide the support  you need.