e-Cadets: Extraordinary!

Launched by Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board, the campaign aimed to ‘empower young people to take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context. It explores how young people ask for, give and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.’

We were set the challenge of producing a film no longer than 4 minutes that helps other young people and adults understand what consent means to them and how they ask for, give and receive consent online.

Elsea Park’s E-cadets were ready for the challenge and decided to create a short drama. They worked in pairs to create a short script for each part of the video focussing on the following three scenarios: using apps and websites, in app and online purchases and sharing photos and videos online. Our video tells the story of two children who want to find out more about online consent and staying safe online. We meet the E-safety police who stop any bad situations and our E-cadets who provide top tips of how to keep safe online and the importance of asking for permission first before we do things online.

Our E-cadets were delighted to discover they had won the Primary School category and have been invited to share their video at the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board AGM in May later this year. Their video will also be uploaded to YouTube and shared with other schools. Miss Worrall (E-cadet coordinator) said ‘we are extremely proud of our E-cadets and everything they have achieved. The children have understood what consent means to them and shared it in a fun informative way to keep themselves and other children safe online.’