Children and young people in Hull will be able to find out more about how to keep safe online as part of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6 February.
Safer Internet Day 2018 is organised by three leading organisations Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission – to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people and will be celebrated globally with the slogan Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.
The 2018 theme is a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there.
Councillor Phil Webster, Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said: We want to help children and young people, along with teachers, parents and carers, to know how to stay safe online, but still have fun.
“There is a wide range of resources that have been produced nationally by leading experts, we can help educate pupils on the exciting opportunities in the digital world, but also on the risks and pitfalls.
Teachers from across Hull special, primary and secondary schools have been given access to a host of resources that will help them to plan lessons and talk to their pupils about the many different aspects of using the internet and socialising online.
A new booklet, produced by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board’s Online Safety Partnership Group, will offer simple guidance and advice to parents/carers and guardians of children and young people in how they use technology, the main risks they face and where they can access further advice. Every safeguarding lead in Hull schools will receive a copy of the booklet so they can share with their staff and parents. Community venues including youth clubs, children’s centres, GP surgeries, dentist and hospital waiting rooms will have copies of the booklet.
Our local delivery partner, Cornerhouse, also regularly visit primary and secondary schools to deliver lessons on internet safety, using social media and sexting.
Councillor Webster, added: Social networking and the internet can be a really positive way of keeping in touch with others but there can be risks too. We want to make sure that the citys young people are aware of how to keep themselves safe. The Safer Internet Day is also a good opportunity for teachers, assistants, parents and carers to brush up on their knowledge about online safety.
For more information about staying safe online visit www.saferinternet.org.uk/