SWGfL: ‘Exploring media literacy – Powered by TikTok’

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SWGfL joined forces with TikTok, Ofcom and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for a free online event this afternoon.  This was exclusively for professionals working with children, with the intention of supporting and helping them to better understand media literacy.

Media literacy refers to ‘the ability to use, understand and create media and communications in a variety of contexts’ (Ofcom).  With more time than ever being spent online, improving media literacy among professionals working with children is a key priority of the Government’s Online Media Literacy Strategy, which was launched earlier this year.

Today’s CPD event brought together many leading professionals from the field of online safety, with engaging presentations given by:

  • Yasmin How (UK Editorial Team Lead for TikTok);
  • David Wright (Director of UK Safer Internet Centre at SWGfL);
  • Claire Levens (Head of Media Literacy Policy at Ofcom);
  • Rachel Beggs (Head of Media Literacy Programmes at DCMS);
  • Elizabeth Kanter (Director of Government Relations and Public Policy at TikTok);
  • Natasha Ahmed (Child Safety Specialist at TikTok);
  • Carmel Glassbrook (Professionals Online Safety Helpline Lead);
  • Ken Corish (Online Safety Director at SWGfL and ProjectEVOLVE Lead).

They explored what media literacy means in 2021.  All shared the latest insights, pinpointed us towards useful tools and resources for professionals working with children and young people and drew our attention to recent data surrounding media literacy.  Themes that were covered in some depth included:

  • TikTok settings and tips;
  • Global research from TikTok;
  • New insights from ProjectEVOLVE;
  • New TikTok checklist for SWGfL;
  • Update from Professionals Online Safety Helpline;
  • Q&A with expert panel.

Suggested resources to delve into were:

From SWGfL: 

ProjectEVOLVE: https://projectevolve.co.uk/;

Professionals Online Safety Helpline: https://saferinternet.org.uk/professionals-online-safety-helpline;

Advice for reporting accounts: https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/schools-fake-accounts-and-ripas-what-you-can-do/.


TikTok have recently worked with Praesidio Safeguarding to produce a report about educational responses to harmful online challenges.  The report can be downloaded here, along with a related news item from TikTok:




Ofcom has released a new document entitled ‘Ofcom’s Approach to Online Media Literacy‘, which can be accessed via the web-link below. Take a look and see what has been proposed in an attempt to promote online media literacy.  A web-link to the announcement blog is included too.



Do keep visiting the following page as content is being added as I type: https://swgfl.org.uk/events/exploring-media-literacy-powered-by-tiktok/!

Many thanks to everyone involved today; a well attended event with a plethora of information to absorb!

This CPD session is to be repeated early in 2022, so keep an eye out for further dates if you missed today’s event; it comes highly recommended!

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