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A 2Simple Safeguarding and Wellbeing product: a values based approach that empowers children to develop confidence and make safe choices.

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Welcome to Dot Com Digital

The Dot Com Digital approach

Dot Com Digital provides a unique safeguarding programme that supports children’s personal development and offers a safe environment for them to learn the skills to lead a safe and happy life.

The aims of the programme and how it supports children and schools

Created by Sharon Doughty, a former news presenter and crime reporter who was herself the victim of violence and abuse. The programme aims to:

  • Fulfil the primary age 2020 RSE Statutory framework and 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.
  • Identify 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.
  • Provides a mechanism for working with external agencies such as social services, emergency services and third sector organisations.

The move to digital

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

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What's covered in Dot Com Digital

The free version will include five themes, including: Feeling Safe, Recognising Personal Warning Signs, Grooming, Knife Crime and County Lines. There’s no limit for schools to use this resource, and it’ll be updated to reflect current issues reported by children and the police.

Schools will be able to choose to upgrade to a paid digital licence once available. It will house over 24 themes which will enable a school to fulfil a rich PSHE curriculum across all years including flexibility of teaching and will have additional enhanced features.

Some of our favourite things about Dot Com Digital:

Dot Com or 'Dot' is a cartoon friend to children that talks to them in their own language and helps them learn how to speak up about issues which frighten or worry them.

Created with Essex Police and the National Police Chief Council Lead for Internet Intelligence and Investigations.

Children can ask for a 'Dot Minute' if they're feeling worried or afraid by something. Teachers can also request a 'Dot Minute' from a child. This keeps both pupil and teacher safe.

Supports the new statutory Health and Education Regulations as well as being cited in DFE Online Safety Guidance as a tool to prevent online harm.

Watch Dot at The BETT Show UK 2020

Created in association with the Dot Com charity

Empowering children through values to make safer choices in life

Dot Com Children's Foundation is a small charity which empowers children to make safer choices in life through the Values Versus Violence programme. The programme is taught in schools by teaching staff and supported by the police and Home Office.

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