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About Our Project

The possibilities for the Internet continue to expand. The rise of social media has reinvented the scope of the world wide web, opening up a new freedom to be, do, have or know anything and anyone, with the click of a button or the swish of a finger. However, as with all new freedoms, there come new dangers. In recent years we have also become more aware of the challenges that the Internet poses, particularly to young people. In the UK over 81 percent of us have the Internet in our homes.

Our children now have access to information and communication that we never could have imagined, as little as 10 years ago. And it isn’t just computers that give young people access to information and high-speed communication. Many young people have their own world of communication in their smartphones. This new communication culture gives educationalists the challenge of preparing young people to take advantage of the opportunities that the world wide web offers, while keeping them safe from those who aim to use the anonymity and breadth the Internet provides, to groom young people for their own purposes, whether sexual, extremist or otherwise.

Concerned by reports of internet grooming and radicalisation, the Lewisham Safeguarding Team approached Share, Think & Act about putting together a piece of work that would work to make young people aware of the dangers of Internet radicalisation and of getting involved in terrorism. We expanded the project partnership to include Lewisham and Southwark College, where a group of young people aged 16-19 years old, helped bring to life, the idea of the comic, The Code.

The project worked with the young people from Lewisham and Southwark College over a period of ten sessions. Participants discussed, explored and challenged their own ideas about the Internet and Internet grooming and radicalisation, and The Code, was created out of those sessions.

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Below are a series of conversation Kicks. They are ideas for the types of conversation that you might have with the people you work with which come from The Code comic. They are not intended as lesson plans. You may still have to create those, they serve to help you the group leader or teacher to identify themes for work and potential mind stretching conversations. Please come back we will be adding more as more ideas come in.
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Helping friends

What should friends expect from each other? What are your responsibilities to your friends? what do you expect back from your friends. This discussion kick enables people to consider the above questions.

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Friendship qualities

This discussion kick will enable you to help people think about what qualities there are in good friendships. It will help concentrate the group on what makes a good and a not so good friendship.

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Young people and the law

Young people are often confused about the law and responsibility in law for their actions. this card will initiate some discussion about the law. It will begin the process of young people understanding that they can be criminally responsible at a very young age.

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Extremism

Extremism is a word that is often passed about in the press and other media. But an understanding of the word opens up a range of questions about rights, freedom of speech, the law etc. use this card to begin to explore these themes with your groups.

External Resources

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Lewisham Prevent Programme

This borough-wide initiative between us, the Police and other key agencies and communities aims to deter extremist groups and support vulnerable people.. Read more

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Digital Disruption

Digital Disruption is driven by the best and latest research into how young people consume information. It relies on a body of scholarship in digital.. Read More

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What is Internet Safety

Most of us are ‘connected’ via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computer. The potential for the internet to be a valuable and.. Read More

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KidsMart

If some asks for your name or where you live remeber to keep your info safe- its not worth the risk.. Read More

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CBBC

Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get.. Read more

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ChildNet International

Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.. Read More

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TeachersFirst’s Internet Safety

Modeling and helping students learn about Internet safety is the responsibility of every adult in our students’ lives, including teachers in all subject.. Read More

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NSPCC

Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face.. Read More

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