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Safer Internet Day 2019

February 8, 2019

On Tuesday 5th February Safer Internet Day was celebrated globally with the theme ‘Together for a better internet.’ This years Safer Internet Day was bigger than ever! With more than 2,100 organisations and schools across the UK getting involved to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. 

At Knowle Primary Academy we used Safer Internet Day as another vital opportunity to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for our children. Across the school children participated in age related activities, explored aspects of our progressive e-safety curriculum and were given the opportunity to develop their understanding through a variety of independent, group and whole class activities. To find out more please read our article on our next school newsletter. 

Young people across the world use the internet for a variety of activities including gaming, research, homework and for accessing social networking sites. Whilst they are confident with using the technology children are not always able to make the right decisions about what they access, who they talk to and what they might post about themselves and others online. As part of our commitment to safeguarding our children and supporting parents, an e-safety briefing was led by David Butt (IT Lead for schools) on Wednesday 6th February. The evening gave parents the opportunity to develop an awareness of and discuss current e-safety issues in relation to social media platforms, gaming and popular internet sites. The evening was well received by our parents who felt they had gained an understanding of the vital steps they could take to minimise the potential risks to their children.

If you would like to find out more information please follow the appropriate links below:

NSPCC Net aware  provides you with a guide to social networks.

UK Safer Internet Centre provides online safety tips and advice on resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

ChildNet provides hot topics for parents to get to grips with the key digital issues.

Parent Info is an online safety tool designed for parents, launched by the Department for Education.

Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content.

Digital Parenting – Vodafone gives you information on parental controls for your child’s mobile device.

Safety Net Kids for the top ten tips for online safety, mobile use and online bullying.