Safer Internet Day

Let’s create a better internet for students by coming together on Safer Internet Day!

Safer Internet Day is back! Each year, thousands of schools and organisations get involved to promote the use of the internet and digital technology in a safe way for children and young people. 

Safer Internet Day

It’s organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre, and aims to raise awareness and make positive changes about online issues. With 9 out of 10 children going online every day, internet safety is vital. This is why we’re proud to support Safer Internet Day.

Digital wellbeing.

Digital wellbeing is about how the internet makes us feel. We need to recognise the impact it has on our emotions, mental and physical health.

Technology should be there to help us and enhance our lives. There are lots of benefits of children being online, both socially and in education. School internet has huge benefits to aid learning – there are so many resources and online tools available to us all! But young people are growing up in a world where technology is ever present in their lives, and not all online experiences are positive for them.

Falling out with friends, trying to fit in and the pressures of social media are just some of the challenges young people face online.

Our focus is online safety and safeguarding.

Things such as upsetting news stories, adult websites, derogatory or inappropriate comments or messages can all impact the digital wellbeing of children. Although we can’t always prevent students from having negative experiences online (especially in social situations or when they’re at home), there are things we can do at school. Online safety and digital safeguarding is just as important as the networks you have in place.

Our digital safeguarding solutions have been developed especially for schools and MATs to protect your students and staff. We work with Netsweeper and Smoothwall to bring you industry leading school filtering that complies with KCSIEPrevent DutyInternet Watch and national standards. It lets you filter out specific websites, keywords and content that would be harmful.

In addition to this, having robust online safety policies in place is essential. They should detail safe internet practices for your students and staff, including acceptable use, behaviour, bullying and digital safeguarding. We’ve put together a guide on online safeguarding that covers best practices that you can download for free.

Let’s make online safety a priority in your school! Get in touch with us to find out more.

Want to talk about Safer Internet Day 2023?

Let’s give children and young people the chance to have their say! Safer Internet Day is the perfect opportunity for your school to spend some time having conversations with your students about online safety and what matters to them. There are lots of resources and ideas for activities you can use within your school for different age groups. So why not take a look and see how you can bring these into your school this year?

Educators play a key role in supporting children online. By understanding how children feel about issues they encounter, we can tailor our advice and support to help them as best as we can. They’ll have their own experiences – whether it’s through social media, online gaming, communicating with friends and family or streaming music and videos.

It’s important children know who to turn to for support if they’ve encountered something online that’s upset them. Let them know that they can report any concerns to someone they trust at your school.

Children’s Mental Health Week.

Children’s Mental Health Week takes place from 6-12 February 2023, and the theme this year is ‘Let’s connect’. This ties in perfectly with Safer Internet Day, so check out their website and resources for some great ideas on how you can bring this into your school.

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