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Home Learning Hub

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Welcome to the Home Learning Hub

The Home Learning Hub is our free library of resources to support parents and carers who are taking the time to help their children be safer online. We have adapted our classroom-based resources to make them easily accessible for everyone.

A brief description explains each resource, so once you are ready simply click the ‘download’ buttons.

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Online Safety Shareables

Pride Resources

Pride Learning Pack

This pride pack will help educate you and any young people in your care, helping develop a deeper understanding of LGBTQ+. The pack can be used in the classroom or at home to help prompt important and honest discussions.

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Pride Learning Support Pack

The support pack is designed to help and guide you through the activities we have created for you in the resource pack. In the support pack we have provided examples of scenarios, questions and talking points.

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Top Tips to Ensure Your Environment is Supportive for All

This one pager looks at ways to ensure your environment is supportive for all, it includes guidance around supporting young people through potentially difficult and confusing times.

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What Are Your Words Worth?

An Activity Pack for Post-Primary Schools about the Power of Online Comments 

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This activity pack is designed to prompt young people to think about the words they use online. The activities included will help them to reflect about comments they make on social media or gaming platforms and how those words may impact others. There is also a challenge included to make more #PostivePosts!

Trusted Adult Resources

Primary Aged
Children

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Trusted Adult

Ages: 7-11

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This lesson is designed to teach children what a Trusted Adult is and who they can turn to if they’re worried or concerned. It discusses the concept of trust and how children can identify trustworthy people in their lives, and uses a video to explain who children might speak to and includes examples of trusted adults, charities and organisations.

Secondary Aged Children

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Trusted Adult

Ages: 11-18

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The Trusted Adult resources encourages young people to think about the adults in their lives that they would turn to in a time of worry or crisis. The lesson includes a discussion about what trust is and about the qualities that a trustworthy person may have. It uses a video to explain who young people might speak to and includes examples of trusted adults, charities and organisations.

Makaton

 

Trusted Adult

Ages: 11-18

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To make our videos more accessible to children and young people with special educational needs, we’re incorporating Makaton, a special language programme that uses signs and symbols to communicate. Check out the video to find out more about who children and young people can trust when they need help most.

Online Safety Shareables

5 Ways to Keep Children Safer Whilst Gaming

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If you play videogames or know someone who does, take a look at our top safety tips to stay gaming safely.

My Child’s First
Device

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Looking for advice to help with your child’s first device? Check out our infographic for a rundown of what you need to know!

Replika:  Your AI Friend

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We are now seeing the mainstreaming of AI friends and support bots online. Check out our infographic on AI palatform Replika.

How to Use Smart Speakers Safely

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Are the names ‘Alexa’ and ‘Siri’ popular in your house? Make sure you’re staying smart by staying safe with your smart speakers. Check out our infographic to learn more!

Supporting your child with their results

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Read our guide and top tips on supporting the children in your care – “Today’s scores aren’t tomorrow’s end results

What is the
Metaverse

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Our Online Safety Experts have had a look at the ‘metaverse’, what it is, how it will be used and the risks associated with it”

Metaverse and VR
Buzzwords

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Does the child in your care talk about the metaverse or use Virtual Reality technology? Get up to speed with their language using our online safety shareable.

Talking to Your Child About the War in Ukraine

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Our online safety experts have created a guide to talking to your child about the war in Ukraine and helping them make sense of distressing news.

Having Supportive Conversation

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This toolkit is designed to help you make the right decisions on when and how to have a supportive conversation.

Young Carers and
Isolation

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Being a young carer can be isolating. Find out how you can help the young carer in your life.

CSE Awareness
Day

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We all have a role to play in raising awareness about all forms of exploitation to enable safeguarding professionals, the public, parents and carers, as well as the children and young people in our lives, to recognise the signs of exploitation.

What is
Rocket League

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Our online safety experts have taken a look at the game Rocket League to help you keep the young gamers in your care safe.

What is the
Online Safety Bill

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Read our guide to the Online Safety Bill to learn what it is, what it changes for young people and steps to take right now to safeguard children online.

Ofcom Report
Round-Up 2022

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Communications regulator Ofcom has released its latest Media Use and Attitudes Report 2022 looking at the recent online trends and attitudes of children and parents across the UK.

The Impact of Self-Help Apps on Children and Young People

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Our online safety experts have taken a look at the impact self-help apps might have on children and young people.

Everything You Need to Know about ‘Finstas’

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Our online safety experts have taken a look at everything you need to know about young people and their secret Instagram accounts.

Everything You Need to Know about BeReal

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Our online safety experts have looked at the photo sharing app BeReal to help parents, carers, and safeguarding professionals understand the attractions and risks this platform poses for those in their care.

A Guide to Parental Control Apps

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Learn about parental control apps and if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Password 101 – Our Top Tips for Staying Password Protected

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As we celebrate National Password Day, we’re sharing our Password 101 – the best advice and resources we have on password protection.

Exam Stress:
5 Tips to Thrive This Exam Season

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Learn about exam stress and how you can help the young people in your life cope with anxiety around exams.

Telegram:
Your Online Safety
Guide

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We’ve taken a look at the controversial app Telegram to help you keep children and young people in your care safe.

Reporting Harmful Content: Leading by Example

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Find out why children and young people are hesitant to report harmful content and how we can all do more to keep the internet a safer place.

Instagram’s
latest updates

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Instagram has released the latest updates to some of its existing features. Our online safety experts have taken a look at what has changed.

Your Summer Guide to Popular Games

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We have compiled together the most popular games young people are engaging with, including popular platforms such as Roblox and Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Your Summer Guide to Popular Platforms

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We have compiled together the most popular platforms young people are engaging with, including popular apps such as Instagram and TikTok.

Handle With
Scare

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Our ‘Handle with Scare’ online safety shareable gets to grips with the horror genre in the digital world, taking a look at the risks to children and young people and advice for parents, carers, and safeguarding professionals.

What is
YOTI?

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Our Yoti Online Safety Shareable takes a closer look at what this technology is and whether it can help keep young people safer online.

Your How-to Guide to Snapchat Features

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This Online Safety Shareable takes a specific look at image sharing app Snapchat, it’s features, risks and some helpful top tips for keeping young people safe.

All About…
Twitter

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Download this guide to the popular micro-blogging social network, Twitter. We take a look at the features, risks and guidance on staying safe on the platform.

Virtual Friendships: Why Do Young People Make Friends Online?

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Learn about why young people make friends online and get top tips to help keep them safer in their online friendships.

All About TikTok

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TikTok is one of the worlds fastest growing social media apps. Focusing on short-form videos, the platform has over 1 billion daily active users and it continues to grow everyday! Download our handy shareable here.

A Guide to Esports

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Download our guide to esports to learn about what they are and get top tips on how to keep children and young people safer when watching and playing.

All About Messenger

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Download this fun shareable that explains the instant messaging app Messenger, including ways to help keep the children and young people in your care safer.

Primary Resources

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Influencers

Ages: 7-11

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This lesson looks at what an influencer is, what they do, how they make money and a couple of things for your pupils to be wary of when watching & following their favourite gamers, creators and celebs.

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Random Acts of Kindness

Ages: 7-11

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Inspired by ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’, this lesson looks at what kindness is, why it is important and how we can help play our part in a kinder world.

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Fake News

Ages: 7-11

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This lesson aims to give children the skills and knowledge to identify and challenge Fake News, whether they see it online, in the newspaper or on TV.

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Image Sharing

Ages: 10-11

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This lesson looks at consent for the use of images, as well as what to do if you see or even share an indecent image online. The task allows children to reflect on how easily and how far an image can spread online.

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PEGI Age Ratings

Ages: 7-11

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This lesson teaches children all about the age ratings which are used on games. We use some fun screen recordings of games to stimulate discussion around online safety when gaming. Children (and maybe even adults) will learn the PEGI ratings for popular games such as Fortnite, Minecraft and FIFA.

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Passwords

Ages: 7-11

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This lesson teaches primary children about one of the most important aspects of online safety: passwords. They will learn what makes a password safer, all of the do’s and don’ts and why we need strong passwords. This lesson includes a fun worksheet which allows children to practice creating their own password.

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Online Bullying

Ages: 7-11

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This discussion-based lesson allows children to reflect on how best to respond to bullying. The lesson contains 3 engaging and relevant animations which help to stimulate an important discussion around bullying.

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Family Screen Time Pack

Ages: 5-11

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Summer Screen Time Activities Pack
Keeping Record
My Screen Routine

Want to avoid your child or young person spending too much time glued to their phone or xbox, and not out in the sun? Check out our our activities pack for some tips on how to promote healthy screen time habits!

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Be a Cyber-hero

Ages: 7-11

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Help young people in your care become Cyberheroes against villainous online bullies.

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Password Creator Pack

Ages: 3+

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Use this resource with the child in your care to teach them all about passwords. The fun colouring sheets and interactive game will provide you with the platform to talk about what passwords are, why they’re important and how we create one.

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Thank a Teacher Card

Ages: 5-11

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Download and print out this ‘Thank You’ card for the child in your care’s teacher. Children can colour in the card, draw a picture of their favourite teacher and write them a message of thanks.

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Online Bullying

Ages: 5-11

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This lesson enables parents and carers to engage primary school-aged children in learning about online bullying, in an accessible way. Using videos and animations that create scenarios, children will reflect on and develop appropriate responses. Parents and carers are supported with key information including recent statistics to help facilitate the conversation.

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Summer Screen Time Activities Pack

 

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Want to avoid your child or young person spending too much time glued to their phone or xbox,

and not out in the sun? Check out our our activities pack for some tips on how to promote healthy screen time habits!

Emotions
Journal

 

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This journal has been designed to build the emotional intelligence and resilience of young people, offering them the opportunity to reflect and process their emotions. Keeping emotions to ourselves can be harmful, and the Emotions Journal provides a healthy way to express these feelings 

Gratitude
Journal

 

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We have made a Gratitude Journal for young people at home (and young people at heart) to write down the things we’re grateful for, helping us have a positive mindset everyday!

Featured Resources: Home Learning during Lockdown

Coronavirus: An explainer

Ages: 5-11

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Use this video to teach the children in your care about the Coronavirus. It uses child friendly language and engaging animation to explain this tricky topic. The video explains what the virus is, how it can spread and what we can all do to make everyone safer.

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Coronavirus: Story Book

Ages: 5-11

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Read this storybook with your child to help them learn more about the Coronavirus. This engaging and colourful storybook will give them an understanding of what the virus is, how it can spread and what we can do to make everyone safer. Younger children may need an adult to read this to them.

Coronavirus: Activity

Ages: 5-11

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These worksheets support the learning from the Coronavirus video and storybook. The first worksheet creates an opportunity for children to express their emotions around Coronavirus. The second worksheet contains a task which encourages them to tackle fake news and misinformation related to the Coronavirus.

Daily Schedule

Ages: 5-7 and 7-11

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Plan out your home learning and activities using this daily schedule.

Important Contacts

Ages: 7-18 (with an adult)

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Encourage your child to help out your elderly relatives or neighbours by creating an easy-to-use contacts list for them while they self-isolate.

Helping in the Community

Ages: 7-18 (with an adult)

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Make a positive difference in your community & offer support to vulnerable or isolated people.

Secondary Resources

Influencers

Ages: 11-15

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This lesson looks at what an influencer is, what they do, how they make money and a couple of things for your young people to be wary of when watching & following their favourite gamers, creators and celebs.

Fake News

Ages: 11-15

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This lesson aims to give young people the skills and knowledge to identify and challenge Fake News, whether they see it online, in the newspaper or on TV.

Image Sharing

Ages: 11-15 (Lower and Middle Secondary)

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This lesson looks at sexting – what it is, what the law is and how we should respond to it. Young people are presented with scenarios which will allow for discussion around image sharing/sexting.

Image Sharing

Ages: 16-18 (Upper Secondary)

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This lesson looks at sexting – what it is, what the law is and how we should respond to it. Young people are presented with scenarios which will allow for discussion around image sharing/sexting.

Lied about their birthday?

Ages: 13-15

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Turn back the clock and change their virtual age to their real age to help make the children and young people in your care safer online.

Should you stream it?

Ages: 13-18

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Guide the young people in your care to become safer streamers with this traffic light system.

Age Verification

Ages: 12-14

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This lesson is aimed at Lower Secondary young people who have turned or who are about to turn 13 (the age you need to be to use most popular apps). It points out the dangers of using the incorrect age and the benefits of using their correct age. It also contains a homework to allow your pupils and their parents to check that they are using the correct age for the apps they use.

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Online Bullying

Ages: 11-16

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This resource includes several online bullying scenarios in which young people work through, to develop their understanding of online bullying and its impacts. Young people can test their knowledge with a quickfire quiz at the end. Parents and carers are supported with key information including recent statistics to help facilitate the conversation.

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Online Bullying

Ages: 16-18

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This lesson and resource will highlight the prevalence of online bullying and its impacts. Using videos and animations that create scenarios, young people will reflect on and develop appropriate responses. Parents and carers are supported with key information including recent statistics to help facilitate the conversation.

Videos

Use technology to learn a language

Ages: 11-18 (and Adults)

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Share this video with the young people in your care to show them how they can use technology to learn a language. Whether its an app, subtitles on TV shows or watching the news, we provide you with some fun and engaging ways to learn a language.

Pause, think

& plan

Ages: Adults

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Guidance on talking to children about online risks such as harmful and inappropriate content.

New Guidelines on

Loot Boxes

Ages: Adults

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Information on the new guidance on Loot Boxes to help keep the gamers in your care safer.

Passwords


Ages:
5-11

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This amazing animation will help you teach the children in your care about passwords. Join Jack, Maddie and Freddie as they teach you more about what passwords are, why they are important and how to create one.

5 YouTube Channels for Home Study

Ages: Adults

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Keep the children in your care entertained and engaged with our recommended Youtube channels

Social Distancing: An explainer

 

Ages: 5-11

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Use this video to teach the children in your care about the the difference Social Distancing, also referred to as Physical Distancing.

Coronavirus: An explainer


Ages:
5-11

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Use this video to teach the children in your care about the Coronavirus. It uses child friendly language and engaging animation to explain this tricky topic. The video explains what the virus is, how it can spread and what we can all do to make everyone safer.

Coronavirus Explained Using Makaton
Ages: 5 – 18

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We’ve adapted our original Coronavirus explainer video so that you can use it for children with special educational needs through Makaton and images. The video explains what the virus is, how it can spread and what we can all do to make everyone safer.

Summer Screen Time Activities Pack
Ages: 5 – 11

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Want to avoid your child or young person spending too much time glued to their phone or xbox, and not out in the sun? Check out our our activities pack for some tips on how to promote healthy screen time habits!

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Recommended Resources

Childnet – Parents and Carers Toolkit

Ages: 6-18

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This toolkit created by the UK Safer Internet Centre and Childnet provides three resources that offer practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online. They can help support parents and carers of any age child to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.

NSPCC: Pants Lesson

 

Ages: 4-8

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The NSPCC have put together a lesson which allows you to have a conversation with children about staying safe from sexual abuse. It uses child-friendly language to structure a conversation around this issue.

Internet Matters – Cyberbullying

Ages: 6-18

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Internet Matters provide you with a conversation guide for talking to your child about Cyber Bullying.

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