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Digital Resilience curriculum

'Ordinary Magic', our new Digital Resilience curriculum, has been designed to foster children and young people's own resilience in order to help them cope and flourish in a digital world. It follows research that highlights the fact that building digital resilience is a more effective way to ensure children stay safe online and benefit from the opportunities it offers.

Based on the basic tenets of resilience, it deals with social and emotional skills, safe spaces and recovery. These themes are drawn from the work done by the UK Council on Child Internet Safety's Digital Resilience Working Group which is chaired by our CEO, Vicki Shotbolt. Working with leading experts in this field and drawing on resilience literature, that group has defined digital resilience as: 

Having the emotional resources needed to... 

1) understand when you are at risk online;
2) know what to do to seek help;
3) learn from experience;
4) recover when things go wrong.

The Digital Resilience curriculum represents a step change in the approach taken towards online safety. It augments existing work, while responding to the more complex challenges that require children to develop their own personal resources alongside the knowledge needed to make better decisions.

  • The Autumn term deals with empathy and understanding resilience.
  • The Spring term looks at understanding what makes some spaces riskier than others and knowing how to identify spaces that put users at additional risk of harm.
  • In the Summer term we explore recovery, how to ask for help and how recovery can be achieved when things go wrong. 

To find out more, email membership@parentzone.org.uk.