Key principles of effective e-safety education

29 Apr 2016 UK SIC

New report from CEOP and PSHE Association outlines 11 key principles of effective practice in prevention education. 

The evidence review explores common elements of successful educational interventions across a range of PSHE topics, with the aim of supporting teachers and educators to deliver effective and engaging e-safety prevention work. 

The report reveals that effective interventions are more likely to engage with parents and the wider community, the importance of using interactive and skills-based teaching strategies, and effective monitoring and evaluation. 

The 11 Key Principles, expanded on in further detail in the report, are:

  • A whole-school approach including multicomponent interventions
  • Varied teaching styles addressing a range of factors
  • A developmental programme which is appropriate to pupils’ age and maturity
  • Learning which is inclusive of difference and socioculturally relevant
  • Well-trained teachers
  • Theory/research-based and factual
  • A positive approach, avoiding ‘scare tactics’ or confrontational strategies
  • Clear goals and outcomes, and effective monitoring and evaluation
  • Support from school leadership teams and other authorities
  • Community, parent and pupil engagement
  • Intervention must be of adequate length or intensity

Read the full report