The Dot Com Digital journal has been created by children for children with the support of Essex Police and the National Police Chief Council at a workshop at Microsoft HQ in Paddington.
The Dot Com programme has been running in schools across the country for the past 15 years with the support of the police and Home Office. The new digital journal uses technology for good and ensure that while children can privately record their thoughts in their own personal journal which has their own login they are aware that teachers can read their answers and the technology will also pick up answers from children which might be considered to feel unsafe and flag them to the teacher.
Dot Com is a cartoon friend to children who can help them learn how to speak up about issues which frighten or worry them and she is a child communicating with them in their own language. The Dot Com Digital journal will allow teachers to understand children’s feelings and fears and to gather data directly from them which can help to show schools the issues which worry them most.
The new digital journal has been created by year six pupils at Holy Cross School in South Ockenden working with serving police officers to help protect children from the current digital threat. It is the vision of the former Chief Constable Steven Kavanagh and his successor BJ Harrington and has been achieved through a unique partnership approach with the Dot Com Children’s Foundation and business.
Designated Safeguarding Leads have been involved in the development of the administration side of the system and it is hoped that the user experience has been carefully thought through. With new statutory guidance emerging through the DFE for safeguarding and protection of children from online harm and teaching for relationships and sex education, this new digital resource will help schools to deliver and the Dot Com resources can provide a whole school approach.
We hope that you will be able to get a feel for the pupil resource and the teacher experience with the examples given here and if you are interested in registering to use the resource from October then please complete the form and our office will be in touch.
The resource has been created by Sharon Doughty a former news presenter and crime reporter who was herself the victim of violence and abuse and was an adviser to the child abuse inquiry.
Heather Westrop head of Inclusion and Assistant Head Teacher at Holy Cross School in South Ockendon who have helped to develop the resource said:
“We have used the Dot Com programme for the past six years as a whole school approach and have seen that it helps children manage their own mental health issues and it gives teachers and staff a safe mechanism to support the children and flag up those children who need more help and a targeted intervention.”
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