Into Film offers free resources for Safer Internet Day 2016

Into Film

Into Film is a UK-wide education charity, supported by the BFI with Lottery funding, which puts film at the heart of children and young people's learning and personal development. It offers numerous opportunities for teaching and learning through film including: free film clubs offering access to a diverse catalogue of thousands of films, dynamic curriculum linked and enrichment resources, guidance for filmmaking and film reviewing, training and CPD for teachers, and a free, education-focused annual Into Film Festival for 5-19 year-olds which is the world’s largest youth film festival.

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A series of curriculum-linked resources and new teacher training from the education charity Into Film invites teachers and students to explore issues relating to online safety using the magic of the moving image. Created, respectively, for Key Stage 2 (or equivalent), Key Stage 3 and 4, and Key Stage 5, the charity’s Staying Safe Online resource – featuring teachers’ notes and Powerpoint presentations - uses carefully selected films and related activities to help educate young people on how to use technology safely and respectfully, in keeping with the Safer Internet Day 2016 theme ‘Play Your Part for a Better Internet’.

Films such as Harriet The Spy (PG), The Thief Lord (PG), The Social Network (12) Catfish (12) and – for older students - Trust (15) and InRealLife (15), encourage students, in an accessible and inclusive way, to explore key themes of privacy and sharing of information, being safe digital citizens and internet addiction and behavioural habits (for older students).

Activities, designed to follow a screening of one or more of the recommended films and supported by activity cards and worksheets, include inviting students to think about and discuss what information is appropriate to share online, exploring positive and negative impacts of social media, a Socractic debate around the issues of false identities and grooming, and creating either a short film or presentation to promote their top 10 e-safety tips. Films are available free to all schools with an Into Film Club.

“Navigating the online world safely and making positive choices online are key life skills that young people need to develop as they engage with technology,” said Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet International. “The films in this resource are a great way of engaging young people and discussing important issues that affect their experiences online, providing teachers with opportunities to highlight the key messages around behaviour and interaction with others.”

In addition, Into Film is providing dedicated educator training to help teachers use film effectively to start the conversation about the challenging topic of online safety. The 90 minute training session Wellbeing: Staying Safe Online is suitable for educators working with 9-16 year olds, and helps to develop confidence in using active film watching and filmmaking as a teaching tool. Training is free for all state funded schools - for information or to book a session for staff (a group of 15 people or more), teachers are invited to visit

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