Kent Country Council As Part of Safer Internet Day

Published on : Thursday, February 7, 2013

As part of Safer Internet Day on 5 Feb, Rebecca Avery, E-Safety Officer at Kent County Council will be using the whole week to raise awareness with schools and early years providers of staying safe online.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote safe responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2013 is the tenth edition of the event, with the theme of Online Rights and Responsibilities, encouraging users to ‘Connect with Respect’.

Rebecca will be linking up with primary schools using live video conferencing and delivering training throughout the week. She will be working with a small group of primary schools to launch Safer Internet Day using video conferencing equipment. Rebecca will be broadcasting live to set children the challenge of developing their own internet charter of online rights and responsibilities and asking them to consider how to behave safely online. They will then share this with each other at the end of the week as well as taking part in a live e-Safety quiz.

Kent has produced e-safety resources which are used by many Kent schools and these have been recognised nationally and beyond as good practice by schools, charities and other settings.

Rebecca has been invited to a national event in London on 5 February to support work in launching a children’s charter about online rights and responsibilities which will be presented to government by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Rebecca Avery, Kent County Council E-Safety Officer said: “Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to talk about how important it is that children and young people understand the benefits as well as risks of technology. Adults can support the event by teaching children how to ‘connect with respect’ and discussing how we all have the responsibility to use the internet safely.  The internet has become part of everyday life, used for work, learning and play but it can have risks if we aren’t all aware how to navigate it safely. Children have the right to be safe online and to enjoy using the internet. It’s crucial that we all understand how the way we behave online can affect our own and other people’s online experiences.

“It’s important that we all share the responsibility of keeping children and young people safe online and talk about how to be a good online friend and how to report any concerns. Schools, nurseries and pre-schools across Kent will be working with children and families to help celebrate the event and raise awareness of safe online behaviour.

Mike Whiting, KCC Cabinet Member for Education said: “Every child will grow up using the Internet. They will use it at school as part of their education and no doubt, most will also be using it at home. It is so important they understand the risks and learn how to be safe online. I believe this national day which recognises the importance of this is vital.

“Ofsted recognise the importance of teaching children about e-safety and are considering adding an element of this into their inspections.

Source:- Visit Kent

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