The e-Quipped online safety programme is designed to ‘equip’ young people and adults with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to safely, responsibly and respectfully navigate the online world.  It consists of several carefully designed ‘interventions’, information and awareness raising sessions and work with young people designed to:

  • promote the appropriate and creative use of technology and the online world
  • understand and address harmful and risky online behaviours
  • provide a range of support mechanisms, including user-generated content and peer-support
E-Quipped Table

Digital awareness and online safety training for professionals

All staff in Headstart schools have the opportunity to access a range of professional development opportunities designed to:

  • improve understanding of the online world to which young people are accustomed
  • identify and understand potential risk and contributory behaviours
  • develop new and appropriate strategies, programmes and thinking to tackle harmful     online behaviours

Student created digital media

Students creating digital content to support other students is perhaps the most effective way to strengthen the online safety message.  Students in HeadStart schools will be given the opportunity work with Learning Technologies Team to generate a range of digital content relating to online safety and behaviour including:

  • Radio and podcast material
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Digital publications

Have a look at the work students in Trinity CE Primary School have already produced as part of the Safer Internet Day 2017 storyboard competition – ‘Bring Your Online Self to School Day

Online learning and support materials

Students in HeadStart schools will be provided with a range of quality, up-to-date and stimulating online material designed to support them both online and offline. 

Digital Ambassador and Ambassador+ programmes

The Digital Ambassador and Ambassador+ Programmes are designed, in collaboration with Wider Learning, for students in year 5, 6 & 7.  Part online safety awareness, part peer mentoring training, the programmes develop groups of students to act as online safety mentors.  Training is ongoing, supporting students to carry out a number of duties including:

  • Supporting and mentoring peers, both formally and informally
  • Raising parent/carer, school Governor and staff awareness
  • Contributing to school communications about online safety, including school websites and social media
  • Producing resources to support the curriculum and for access beyond the school day