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Safer Internet Day

What is Safer Internet Day?


On Tuesday 11th February we will be joining schools and youth settings across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020. Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in school, and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year.


What is happening in our school?


To celebrate the many positives of the internet, and to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, Yardley Primary School will be joining Safer Internet Day 2020 by carrying out a range of activities in school.  We will also take part in the ‘Free To Be’ campaign, details of which are further below.


During this week, we will also be emailing home an electronic version of the latest issue of the Digital Parenting magazine.  This magazine provides parents and carers with the latest useful information and advice regarding online safety.  To make sure you receive it, make sure we have your email address in school.



What is 'Free To Be'?


Each year, Safer Internet Day explores a new area or theme that is important to the young people we work with every day. This year, we are exploring whether young people feel free to be themselves online. We will explore how young people manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others. We will look at whether the internet allows young people to experiment and express themselves, or if they feel limited in who they can be online.


By opening up conversations around online identity, we aim to inspire young people to support each other in being who they want to be. We want Safer Internet Day 2020 to celebrate difference and help us work towards creating a truly inclusive internet.


What can I do at home?


We’d be delighted if you could join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home. To help you with this you may be interested in downloading some of the resources from our Downloads area below.

Some other resources which you may find helpful in supporting your child online are:

For more information about staying safe online visit the Stay Safe Online area on our school website here. It is full of advice, tips, guides and videos for both parents and pupils, all designed to keep your children digitally safe.


Conversation starters.pdf
Conversation starters
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Family internet safety plan.pdf
Family internet safety plan
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Fun things to do.pdf
Fun things to do
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Resource sheet.pdf
Resource sheet
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Who are the UK Safer Internet Centre?


The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

In addition to coordinating Safer Internet Day, the UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology:

·         founded and operates an e-safety helpline for professionals working with children in the UK

·         operates the UK’s hotline for reporting online criminal content

·         develops new educational resources for children, parents and carers and teachers to meet emerging trends in the fast-changing online environment

·         delivers education sessions for children, parents, carers, teachers and the wider children’s workforce

·         shapes policy at school, industry and government level, both in the UK and internationally, and facilitates youth panels to give young people a voice on these issues.


What if I have concerns or questions about keeping my child safe online?


If you have any concerns or questions about keeping your child safe online, please do get in touch with your child's class teacher, a member of our senior leadership team or our Digital Safety Leader, Mr Walmsley.

For esafety advice and support, visit our Stay Safe Online page here.


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