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Dot Com Digital: Our latest wellbeing resource

March 29, 2021

Dot Com Digital is our latest wellbeing resource, which gives children the skills to manage their own mental health and safety. Aimed at children aged 5-11, it includes over 24 themes, which enables schools to deliver a rich PHSE curriculum whilst fulfilling the requirements of the 2020 RSE framework. With 170 lessons it provides schools with a complete solution for teaching PHSE including an overview, videos, lesson plans and online and paper-based activities all hosted in a secure online platform.

Dot Com Digital is Created by Sharon Doughty, TV Presenter and abuse campaigner. It 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 is a cartoon character who’s a friend to children. She speaks to children in their own language as she's a child who is 9, nearly 10. Dot's learning about life and children can learn with her. She shares her worries, concerns, and her strategies for dealing with life particularly if she doesn't feel safe. Through Dot's real-life stories children can learn about risks they might come across in life and how they can deal with them in a safe way. Dot also talks about her feelings and so models to children ways that they can share their own worries and concerns. Dot Com gives children a voice and is the friend I would have liked to have had when I was at school and felt lonely and afraid.” Sharon Doughty, Creator of Dot Com Digital.

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Dot Com Digital gives schools a mechanism to ensure that children have all the knowledge they need to deal with real-life and teachers report that it's a tool that gives children the confidence to manage their own problems and know how to ask for help. It also gives them an emotional vocabulary and space and time to practice talking about their feelings and understanding their own behaviour and the behaviour they might experience. The programme helps children understand behaviours such as bullying and grooming and gives them the skills and confidence to speak up if they're worried about anything.

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. The greatest impact that teachers report is that the children become more confident and have the skills and the knowledge they need to believe they can manage risks and difficult situations.

The Dot Com programme is an excellent tool to meet all the new RSE requirements. 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

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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. The free resources (also included in the full version) are perfect for Year 6 as they transition to secondary school. Created with children, safeguarding leads, Essex Police and the National Police Chief Council Lead for Internet Intelligence and Investigations.