Let’s talk about … The internet and youngsters with special educational needs
For teachers, SENDCOs, PSHE leaders, Teaching Assistants and parents of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
How to support youngsters:
- To manage internet use in a productive and balanced way
- To recognise what is personal information and what is safe to share online
- To deal with issues of reliability of content online, both of information and of other users
- To manage incidences of cyber bullying, inappropriate content and potential grooming
- To be kind online – what that looks like and why is it important
- To keep a balance between online and offline interactions and friendships
The Star toolkit has been developed by Childnet to promote safe and positive internet use for youngsters with ASD and other special needs which impact on understanding and perceptions. The knowledge and information has been gathered by teaching practitioners who work directly within this sector and the key areas of concerns they imparted.
Kate is responsible for managing the education team who deliver Childnet’s Activity Days in schools for pupils, staff and parents. She is a qualified and experienced primary school teacher, with four years experience in Key Stage 2 and ICT/ E-safety subject leadership. Kate has led on the creation of Childnet resources about critical thinking and PSHE including sexting, pornography and healthy relationships. She is currently working on the development and extension of Childnet’s STAR toolkit resource for young people with special educational needs.
Phoebe joined the Childnet team as Education Officer in November 2017 from her role as a primary and secondary school youth worker chaplain. She is passionate about giving young people a voice and enabling them to make positive choices in life. Phoebe has worked in both formal and informal educational settings in schools and youth work charities. Her work has emphasised safeguarding, cross-cultural youth work, and pastoral care, and she is excited to help young people discover how technology and the internet can be harnessed for good.
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