Tuesday 11th February will be Safer Internet Day.
This Safer Internet Day the theme is 'Together for a Better Internet' and young people from across the UK have been considering what they can do to help make the internet a kinder place. Perhaps you could talk to your child about what actions they could take to make the internet a kinder place? For inspiration you can see videos from young people about what they promise to do on Safer Internet Day on the Safer Internet Day website.
Often we hear about the negative impact that the internet and new technology has on young people, but on Safer Internet Day we want to celebrate the positives and to explore what we can all do to make sure that all young people have a positive time online. Parents and carers play a crucial role in supporting children to navigate the risks and make the most of the opportunities offered by technology. The most important thing you can do is to have a conversation and stay engaged with your children's digital lives.
The Safer Internet web site has lots of factsheets, information and advice for parents in keeping children safe on line, the web site is www.saferinternet.org.uk/parents. I will also be running an information session for parents and carers to help support them support their children online.
www.parentinfo.org is a brand new website produced by CEOP and the ParentZone. Take a look at this site for the very latest, relevant advice for keeping children safe online. A live feed to this site will appear on our website in the next few weeks.
Protecting our children so that they are safe on the internet is vital. Many of us pay more attention to the security of our online banking, than we do to the safety and security of our children's online activity. Please take a few minutes to look at this page and to watch the videos below. You can also visit www.thinkuknow.org for more information.
The poster below is displayed around school. We use the acronym S.M.A.R.T. as a reminder about the 5 key areas of online safety. The children are reminded about this regularly and each year there will be a focus on each of these areas through assemblies and other lessons.
This is an assembly from CEOPs Thinkuknow education programme that helps children to understand what constitutes personal information. The assembly enables children to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world.