Safer Internet Day 2017 - Tuesday 7th February
Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
As a school we take the security of your children on the internet extremely seriously; it is important that we work together to ensure your child’s safety.
Whilst use of the internet and social networking sites is second nature to children, they can often be swept along with what their peers are doing and lose awareness of the many dangers they are facing.
In school, the internet access is restricted, and all known social networking sites are blocked. As approximately 80% of the time the children spend on the internet will be at home, it is important that parents and guardians understand the potential dangers and what can be done to avoid them.
We do, of course, talk to the children about internet safety, but it is important that this message is reinforced at home and that you talk regularly to your son/daughter about their use of the internet. The following is guidance from CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre):
- Be involved in your child’s online life. For many of today’s young people there is no line between the online and offline worlds. Young people use the internet to socialise and grow, and just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too.
- Talk to them about what they’re doing. If they know you understand, they are more likely to approach you if they need support.
- Watch ‘Thinkuknow’ films to learn more. The ‘Thinkuknow’ programme has films and advice for children from five all the way to sixteen. Your child may have seen these at school, but they can also be a good tool for you to find out more about what young people do online and some of the potential risks.
- Keep up-to date with your child’s development online. Be inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child is using. It is important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to continue to discuss boundaries so that they evolve as your child’s use of technology does.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet, such as their phones or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet - is it your connection or a neighbour’s Wifi? This will affect whether your safety settings are being applied.
If you have any queries or concerns like you’d like to share or discuss with me, please feel free to contact me at school. Trish McLoughlin, Safeguarding Lead.