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Policies relevant to families in the digital age

A guide to government policies, bills or working groups relevant to parents and professionals interested in the impact of the digital world on families

Teaching online safety in schools 

This guidance outlines how schools can ensure their pupils understand how to stay safe online.

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Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

The new curriculum will become mandatory from September 2020. Schools are encouraged to adopt the new curriculum early, from September 2019.

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Keeping Children Safe In Education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children on and offline.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (UK: Data Protection Bill)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation is designed to 'protect and empower' European Union citizens' data privacy and to regulate how companies collect, store and use customers' private information. It has particular relevance in the area of collecting data from children, such as when they sign up to social media services, setting the age they can do so without parental permission at 16, although allowing member states to select a figure below this if they wish.

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Sexting in Schools and Colleges

Official guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety on how educational establishments should deal with incidents of youth-produced sexual imagery brought to their attention.

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Guidance for schools (including nurseries), colleges and other organisations looking after children in England and Wales to have 'due regard' to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Revised Prevent Duty guidance for England and Wales (July 2015)