Dot Com Digital: A new wellbeing resource from 2Simple

Originally posted on HeadteacherChat

Hello! My name is Jonathan Coy, and I am a co-host of HeadteacherChat. I am delighted to have been given access to Dot Com Digital to see what they have on offer to support schools and I thought you would be interested to know what I discovered!

Read the full review below…

How does Dot Com Digital describe their product?

Dot Com Digital is our latest wellbeing resource, which gives children the skills to manage their own mental health and safety. Aimed at children aged 5-11, it includes over 24 themes, which enables schools to deliver a rich PHSE curriculum whilst fulfilling the requirements of the 2020 RSE framework. With 170 lessons it provides schools with a complete solution for teaching PHSE including an overview, videos, lesson plans and online and paper-based activities all hosted in a secure online platform.

Dot Com Digital is Created by Sharon Doughty, TV Presenter and abuse campaigner. It is an enhanced digital version of the Dot Com safeguarding programme which has been developed by children and safeguarding leads with input from Essex Police, the National Police Chief Council, and Internet Intelligence & Investigations.

What does it enable you to do?

  • Fulfil the primary age 2020 RSE Statutory framework and is cited in the DFE guidance for teaching online safety in school.

  • Educate children to help prevent them becoming victims of crime themselves by exploring digital threats including online grooming, radicalisation, exploitation, bullying and more.

  • Support the identification of children who may be at risk of threats with help from the ‘Dot Minute’ feature, where children can request time with their teacher to discuss any worries or concerns.

What does Headteacher Chat think?

We believe Dot Com Digital would be invaluable in supporting any school to achieve its PSHE and RSE goals. It’s an excellent tool, which made it easy for us to get going without the need for lots of training. It is a values-based approach that empowers children aged 5-11 to develop confidence and make safe choices.

Dot Com Digital has lessons for ages 5-11 around themes including:

  • Families and People Who Care for Me
  • Caring Friendships
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Being Safe and Internet Safety Threats
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Physical Health, Fitness and Healthy Eating
  • Health and Prevention
  • Changing Bodies

Dot Com Digital gives schools a mechanism to ensure that children have all the knowledge they need to deal with real-life and teachers report that it’s a tool that gives children the confidence to manage their own problems and know how to ask for help.

It also gives them an emotional vocabulary and space and time to practice talking about their feelings and understanding their own behaviour and the behaviour they might experience.

The programme helps children understand behaviours such as bullying and grooming and gives them the skills and confidence to speak up if they’re worried about anything.

The Dot Com programme is an excellent tool to meet all the new RSE requirements starting in September. It covers the very sensitive safeguarding issues around County Lines, drugs and gangs in a way that is very accessible to the children and very clear and structured for the teacher. We are using Dot Com Digital to help children recover from the COVID crisis and help them process their feelings. Also, to support them with relationships and their mental health.
Nicola Finney
Head of St Paul's Primary

In summary, HeadteacherChat recommends Dot Com Digital because:

  • We love that it is supporting children with managing problems and how to ask for help.

  • We love that children learn through real-life stories, children can learn about risks they might come across in life and how they can deal with them in a safe way.

  • We like the fact that there are 170 lessons complete solutions for teaching PSHE.

  • We like the fact that it has a Safeguarding Mechanism in place to protect children and alert class teachers and school leaders.

  • We love that it was created with children, safeguarding leads, Essex Police and the National Police Chief Council Lead for Internet Intelligence and Investigations.

  • Excellent value for money.

HeadteacherChat’s Verdict:

We love Dot Com Digital, which houses over 24 themes, which enables schools to fulfil a rich PSHE curriculum, whilst fulfilling the requirements of the 2020 RSE framework. We particularly like the safe way for children to report worries and allows them to raise issues with the teacher in a confidential way. If you are looking for ways to teach PSHE, then we’d highly recommend this product
Jonathan Coy
HeadteacherChat

For more information visit: https://2simple.com/

Dot Com Digital: Our latest wellbeing resource

Dot Com Digital is our latest wellbeing resource, which gives children the skills to manage their own mental health and safety. Aimed at children aged 5-11, it includes over 24 themes, which enables schools to deliver a rich PHSE curriculum whilst fulfilling the requirements of the 2020 RSE framework. With 170 lessons it provides schools with a complete solution for teaching PHSE including an overview, videos, lesson plans and online and paper-based activities all hosted in a secure online platform. Join a Dot Com Digital Webinar to find out more.

Dot Com Digital is Created by Sharon Doughty, TV Presenter and abuse campaigner. It is an enhanced digital version of the Dot Com safeguarding programme which has been developed by children and safeguarding leads with input from Essex Police, the National Police Chief Council and Internet Intelligence & Investigations.

“Dot is a cartoon character who’s a friend to children. She speaks to children in their own language as she’s a child who is 9, nearly 10. Dot’s learning about life and children can learn with her. She shares her worries, concerns, and her strategies for dealing with life particularly if she doesn’t feel safe. Through Dot’s real-life stories children can learn about risks they might come across in life and how they can deal with them in a safe way. Dot also talks about her feelings and so models to children ways that they can share their own worries and concerns. Dot Com gives children a voice and is the friend I would have liked to have had when I was at school and felt lonely and afraid.”
Sharon Doughty, Creator of Dot Com Digital.

Dot Com Digital gives schools a mechanism to ensure that children have all the knowledge they need to deal with real-life and teachers report that it’s a tool that gives children the confidence to manage their own problems and know how to ask for help. It also gives them an emotional vocabulary and space and time to practice talking about their feelings and understanding their own behaviour and the behaviour they might experience. The programme helps children understand behaviours such as bullying and grooming and gives them the skills and confidence to speak up if they’re worried about anything.

Dot Com Digital contains a wealth of lessons for ages 5-11 based around themes including:

  • Families and People Who Care For Me
  • Caring Friendships
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Being Safe and Internet Safety Threats
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Physical Health, Fitness and Healthy Eating
  • Health and Prevention
  • Changing Bodies

The platform includes a Digital Dot Minute, which children can use if they are feeling worried or afraid of something. This can provide a safe way for children to report worries and allows them to raise issues with the teacher in a confidential way. The greatest impact that teachers report is that the children become more confident and have the skills and the knowledge they need to believe they can manage risks and difficult situations.

The Dot Com programme is an excellent tool to meet all the new RSE requirements. It covers the very sensitive safeguarding issues around County Lines, drugs and gangs in a way that is very accessible to the children and very clear and structured for the teacher. We are using Dot Com Digital to help children recover from the COVID crisis and help them process their feelings. Also, to support them with relationships and their mental health.”
Nicola Finney, Head of St Paul’s Primary

Essex Police Communication Workshop

Sharon Doughty, a former Sky and BBC television presenter, is offering CYP officers the opportunity to take part in a two-hour communication workshop which will give an insight into crime prevention resources available to schools and community-based settings. The resources have been created with the help and support of Essex Police and the Dotcom Digital resource was launched with children from Thurrock and the Chief Constable of Essex last year at the British Education Technical Trade Show.

During the workshop, Sharon will demonstrate the resources and how they can be used by professionals working with children and young people to talk about sensitive issues, risks and consequences. Sharon has been an adviser to the police and Home Office for the past 15 years and was the victim of violence and abuse in her childhood. Using her personal and professional experience she will share practical tools for communicating with children and young people about subjects which can be challenging.

Please note: these workshops are for Essex Police only. If you are interested in a workshop, use the contact us form to get in touch.

Essex & Suffolk Water Donates 30 PCs To School Facing Digital Poverty

Thirty youngsters will now be able to complete lessons online after receiving a generous donation of computers from a local water company.

Essex & Suffolk Water has donated the computers to the Holy Cross Primary School in Thurrock as part of a campaign to give all young students equal opportunities.

The water company has worked in partnership with Essex Police and Dot Com Children’s Foundation to donate the PCs to Holy Cross Primary School, in South Ockendon, giving children access to vital digital materials during the second national lockdown.

The donated equipment will make a significant difference to the students, who will now be able to use online resources within the classroom during the pandemic.

In addition, the pupils will now be able to use the desktop computers to take part in the Dot Com Digital Programme, created with Essex Police and the Foundation, which focusses on online safeguarding and cybersecurity for youngsters.

The primary school currently has few working devices, and the PCs will allow pupils to experience blended learning during the pandemic.

Heather Westrop, Assistant Head Teacher, said: “The donation of 30 computers from Essex & Suffolk Water is a wonderful gift for the school.

“There are many challenges on budgets for schools and technology is ever-changing so we only had a small number of devices for pupils to use, half a class at a time.

“The new computers mean we now have an IT suite for a full class and the children can participate in the Dot Com Digital programme with Essex Police, allowing us to teach our pupils to actively stay safe online especially in this time of blended and home learning.”

Nigel Watson, Group Information Services Director at Essex & Suffolk Water added: “At Essex & Suffolk Water we are constantly looking for ways that we can support our local communities.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to partner with Essex Police and the Dot Com Foundation in order to help the pupils at Holy Cross Primary. Staying safe online is incredibly important, and I believe that teaching children about online safeguarding and security is vital.

“We recognise that with the current COVID-19 restrictions, a lot of things have moved online, however children living in digital poverty are unable to engage with these learning resources.

“I hope that these pupils are able to make the most of these facilities as we move towards an increasingly digital future.”

Assistant Chief Constable of Essex Police Andy Prophet said: “I am incredibly proud of the work between Essex Police, Dot.Com, local schools and businesses.

“Our work with children to help them stay safe online and in the real world is vitally important. I want to thank everyone involved in this brilliant, innovative partnership endeavour.”

Dot Com Digital Online Resource

The Dot Com Digital programme is our latest wellbeing resource, aimed at children aged 5-11, it adopts a values-based approach that empowers children to develop confidence and make safe choices. It includes overviews, videos, lesson plans and online and paper-based activities.

Download a sample lesson pack.

Created by Sharon Doughty, Dot Com Digital is an enhanced digital version of the Dot Com safeguarding programme which has been developed by children and safeguarding leads with input from Essex Police, the National Police Chief Council and, Internet Intelligence & Investigations.

Dot Com Digital contains a wealth of lessons for ages 5-11 based around themes including:

• Families and People Who Care For Me
• Caring Friendships
• Respectful Relationships
• Being Safe and Internet Safety Threats
• Mental Wellbeing
• Physical Health, Fitness and Healthy Eating
• Health and Prevention
• Changing Bodies

The platform includes a Digital Dot Minute, which children can use if they are feeling worried or afraid of something. This can provide a safe way for children to report worries and allows them to raise issues with the teacher in a confidential way.

In the first phase of DotCom, available from the end of October 2020, there are up to 14 lessons per age group and the remaining lessons will be added in Spring 2021. The Dot Com Digital programme will meet the 2020 RSE statutory framework.

We have put together a sample pack of lessons that give you an overview of what is included in the Dot Com Digital programme which supports children’s personal, social and emotional development and helps provide a safe space for them to learn the skills to lead a safe and happy life.

Nicola Finney, Head of St Paul’s Primary
“The Dot Com programme is an excellent tool to meet all the new RSE requirements starting in September. It covers the very sensitive safeguarding issues around County Lines, drugs and gangs in a way that is very accessible to the children and very clear and structured for the teacher. We are using Dot Com Digital to help children recover from the COVID crisis and help them process their feelings. Also to support them with relationships and their mental health. “

Dot Com Digital includes a set of free resources to support children’s safety and resilience against emerging threats. Created with children, safeguarding leads, Essex Police and the National Police Chief Council Lead for Internet Intelligence and Investigations, Dot Com Digital will keep up to date with current trends and issues reported by children and the police, and part of our commitment is to ensure this will also be within this free section.

Find out more here: 2simple.com/dot-com-digital

shallow focus photography of person walking on road between grass

Walking for Dot

By Linda Duberley, Rivertribe Magazine

The COVID-19 crisis has pushed many of the UK’s small charities to the brink of financial collapse but RiverTribe’s media partner, the Dot Com Foundation has survived the pandemic thanks to a ground-breaking altruistic project. The Positive Transformation Initiative set up by businessman and philanthropist, Dan Brown, has stepped in to support the Foundation as we pulled out of lockdown.

Dan Brown set up PTI, a group of key business professionals, eighteen months ago. They aim to support organisations making a vital contribution to the community in the UK and beyond.

Together with lawyer Sylvia White, and Barry Matthews who form part of the core team at PTI, now have enough cash to weather the storm that is likely to take down hundreds of charities under threat.

Over the past few months, Sylvia White, General Counsel and an in-house legal adviser, has given her time pro-bono to help the charity and now believes in the cause so much that has decided to generate some much-needed funds by walking a marathon this Sunday, June 21.

www.gofundme.com/f/walking-for-dot

Co-founder of the Dot Com Foundation, Sharon Doughty, said, “I am very grateful that the Dot Com Foundation is one of the first projects being undertaken by PTI. We believe our unique approach in supporting youngsters threatened by abuse, drugs or crime, has never been needed more. We can’t just continue to deal with these issues in a superficial way – we have to empower children in recognising and assessing danger and deliver a way for them to get help. Dot is a tool which gives children life skills to deal with their own mental health and emotions.”

Sharon, a former Sky News presenter and her husband Neil, a former Metropolitan Police Officer, have been running the Dot Com Children’s Foundation and fundraising for it for 15 years and have been supported by several police forces. More than a million children have learned through paper-based journals and just before COVID-19 struck the couple faced the daunting job of digitising the content to set up www.dotcomdigital.co.uk

Essex Police Chief Constable, BJ Harrington and Stephen Kavanagh Executive Director of Police Forces at Interpol and the former UK Head of Digital Security were instrumental in supporting the Foundation.

“Funding in time of change is always difficult and then COVID-19 came along and schools closed and it has required all our fortitude to keep going. COVID-19 has had a severe impact on charitable funding.

“I created the cartoon character Dot Com who would be a friend to children because as a child growing up between the ages of 3 and 7 I lived with domestic violence and sexual abuse.

“The trauma of these experiences led to learning difficulties and I was not able to read until I was 8 years old and safely living with my maternal grandmother. I was lucky to be loved and mentored by a number of wonderful people and so recovered and went on to be an international newsreader.

“I started the Dot Com learning programme so that no other child would suffer the pain of feeling alone and not understanding how to ask for help. I believe that we have all learned, while in the grip of this terrible virus, that a sense of being in things together is so comforting.

“When I started Dot Com I was blessed that Nelson Mandela was Dot’s first supporter. He said, “if we were all imbued with the same spirit of kindness the world would be a better place for children”.

“The charity needs financial support to go forward and I would ask if you could support Sylvia in her brave endeavour to walk a marathon for Dot by donating.

www.gofundme.com/f/walking-for-dot

Child-Friendly Explanation of the Coronavirus

Explaining to Children what the Coronavirus is and how it might affect them presents a difficult situation. Dot Com wants to help by providing a simple resource for children to read and communicate how they feel. 

Click on the image below to download the resource.

County lines gangs and knife crime to be tackled in primary schools with cartoon character Dot Com

A cartoon character has been deployed in the fight to stop primary school children falling into the clutches of county lines drugs gangs.

Dot Com and an array of other characters will help children spot dangerous situations, talk to their teachers about their worries and feel safe on the internet.

The computer programme was designed by Dot Com Children’s Foundation and Essex Police and was designed around the feedback they got from children.

Games and activities aim to help children understand challenging subjects such as grooming, county lines – the practice of shipping class A drugs from the saturated London market to the home counties – and knife crime.

It was created because of growing concerns around these issues and the safety of children, as exploitation within drug gangs continues to dominate the news.

Recent figures show Kent is the most crime-ridden region in the south east as the county’s police force battles county lines and knife crime.

And despite knife crime dropping by 3% last year, it has risen by 146% over the last decade, faster than anywhere else in the country.

The cartoon characters will also be used to help young people talk to teachers about their feelings.

Pupils will learn about their “uh-oh signs,” which are the sensations they will feel when in danger such as sweating, shivering and butterflies in their stomach.

Once they have the vocabulary to express their feelings, children can use the “dot minute” button on their computer screens to alert the teacher of their distress without alerting the rest of the class.The initiative was launched at Bett 2020, an annual trade show for technology in education, and 1,363 schools across the country have already signed up.

However, it is thought that Kent schools are yet to register.

Sharon Doughty, creator of the Dot Com Programme, said: “Dot Com Digital gives children a voice and a way to ask for help in the classroom without drawing attention to themselves.

“When I suffered abuse in my childhood I had no way of asking the teacher for help and it gives me great comfort to know that Dot Com can be the friend to children that I never had.”

Originally post on Kent Online.

TEDx

Sharon Doughty Speaks at TEDx

Giving Children the Power to Speak Up

Sharon recently took part in a TEDx talk to discuss her creation of Dot Com and what led to her being an advocate for giving children the power to speak. During her talk she discusses:

  • How important it is to give children the skills needed to speak up about issues which frighten or worry them.
  • How after a near-fatal car crash on her way to the BBC studios she decided to stop keeping the secret of her childhood – which was growing up with violence and abuse
  • How she created a friend for children called Dot Com who would empower them to speak up if they are afraid
  • How she is working with Essex Police and the national police chief council to roll out a new free resource for schools to protect children from the current digital threat, which has been sponsored by DataArt and is hosted free by Microsoft