Online Harms and Healthy Relationships - Schools Media Challenge

Your challenge is to write and produce a short podcast that raises awareness of the issues online harms, cyberbullying and healthy relationships.

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Kent is a safe place to live, and we want to make sure it stays that way.  But the dangers we come across online are a growing concern, affecting much younger children than they used to.  So, we’d like your help to spread the word to other young people about how to enjoy a healthy online life, whilst avoiding potential threats and dangers.

We’d like you to imagine you’re an influential Podcaster, and we want you to make a short podcast to tell other young people, just like you, about how to stay safe online.

You can choose to focus on healthy relationships, cyberbullying or other online harms such as phishing, sending nudes or underage access to inappropriate material.

Children and young people are among those at greatest risk; a recent Kent youth survey showed that 76% of young people own a smart phone which they use to go online, while 18% of the county’s young people have experienced at least one form of cyberbullying.

When you’re writing your script, think about the impact of threats you might find online on yourself and other young people, and your friends and family too.  Also, make sure you offer advice and guidance to the people who will watch and listen to your podcast and tell them where to find support if they need it.

There are lots of helpful videos and other resources here on the website to make sure you’ve got all the facts.  You’ll also find links to some other really useful websites too – just look at the menu to the left.

You don’t need a load of specialist equipment; in fact, you can make a really good podcast on your phone, laptop or tablet- it’s the script that’s (most) important.  Take time to make sure you include all the important information and that you’ve got a brilliant, creative idea to make it interesting to the people who will see or hear it.

Your podcast needs to be about one-minute duration and you need to send it to us by 1st June at the latest.

There are lots of other schools across Kent taking part in this project and the best entries will be shared online.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get creative, have fun and we look forward to hearing your podcasts soon.

Before You Start!

  • Download the lesson plan – decide how you want to adapt it
  • Look at the ‘Resources’ section to find out more information
  • The key elements of the workshop are:
  1. Learn and understand the issue
  2. Mind-map your ideas
  3. Write a great script based on the information you’ve learned
  4. Decide who will perform the script and who will carry out technical roles such as recording or editing
  5. Record your script
  6. Think about what else you need for your finished podcast or video (sound effects, music)
  7. Send your finished ads to us via the Upload Form (bottom left) or via Dropbox, Google Drive or WeTransfer.  Our email is [email protected]


Tip 1

Work together in groups of four or five – more minds will create something really special and interesting.  Discuss what you’re being asked to do and brainstorm to come up with a brilliant idea.

Tip 2

Make sure you research the subject before you start writing.  Use the resources here on the website and follow the links to relevant websites.  Watch all the videos too, they’re packed full of useful information.

Tip 3

You don’t need loads of special equipment – you can record on a mobile phone or a tablet.  There is free software available online if you want to edit your video – this article recommends some of the best.  For free audio editing programmes take a look here.

Useful Videos

Useful websites and downloads – If you’re under-19s contact us through email, phone or chat for free confidential support – 0800 1111 – protecting children and young people from the threat of online abuse – advancing children’s rights and equality for girls  – how to spot unhealthy behaviour and what to do about it

ChatHealth – if you have worries or concerns about a health matter text 07520 618850

Victim Support (Kent) – if you’ve been affected by crime call 0808 168 9276

Additional Information Sheetclick here

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