Dot Com Digital

Oct. 20, 2020

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.

Created by Sharon Doughty, a former Sky News presenter, 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 is friend I would have liked to have had when I was at school and I have used all my journalistic skills to give children simple tools they can use to communicate about issues which frighten or worry them.' Sharon Doughty creator of Dot Com Digital.

A collection of resources from the Dot Com Digital primary school safeguarding platform by 2Simple Ltd

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 by 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.

" I am excited to work in partnership with 2Simple on the digital version of Dot Com because it means that Dot can reach so many children more children and the digital journal gives children a direct route to ask for help through a 'Dot Minute' giving children a voice which means a great deal to me." Sharon Doughty creator of Dot Com Digital.

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

Dot com Digital includes a set of free resources to support children’s safety and resilience against emerging threats and is cited in the DFE guidance for teaching online safety in school. 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 reflected within this free section.