Online Safety News

Online Safety Week 2017

The week commencing Monday 6th February 2017 is our Online Safety Week at Highfield J&I School. Throughout the week your child will be learning about how to stay safe online whilst in school and at home. We will also be participating in the globally celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the theme for this years Safer Internet Day is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. This theme will run throughout our Online Safety Week.

Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said: “Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all ‘be the change’ and take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”

As part of our Online Safety Week and Safer Internet Day activities, we are inviting you to a parent workshop which will be held on Wednesday 8th February at 2:45-3:15pm in the Infant Hall. During the workshop we will give you useful advice and top-tips to ensure that both you and your children can stay safe online and enjoy a ‘better internet’. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask for advice, put your mind at ease, or just enquire as to what you can do to keep your children safe online at home.

If you have any further questions regarding the parent workshop, please do not hesitate to contact the main school office.

Online Safety in the News 20/01/17

Our roundup of the key Online Safety news stories from the past two weeks.

Kayleigh Haywood film encouraging children to report online grooming says NSPCC
A film showing the final two weeks of murdered schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood's life has encouraged children to report cases of grooming online.
Story from: ITV News

Moderate screen use 'boosts teen wellbeing'
A study of screen time and mental wellbeing among teenagers has suggested moderate use of devices may be beneficial in a connected world.
Story from: BBC

Read more: Online Safety in the News 20/01/17