East Yorkshire takes part in Safer Internet Day

Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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School pupils across East Yorkshire are being taught about staying safe online as part of a global initiative to promote safer use of the internet.

February 9 is Safer Internet Day, where schools, companies and organisations across the UK work together to support the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Coordinated by UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is now in its ninth year and the theme of this year’s event is ‘play your part for a better internet’.

Biggin Hill Primary School in east Hull is just one of several schools across East Yorkshire that have devoted time to educating their pupils about the importance of internet safety in recent weeks.

Kat Middleton, year six teacher and enterprise coordinator, said: “We’ve done an assembly within classrooms looking at and discussing how to use the internet safely, what to do if someone sends something you didn’t ask to see, where to go for help and advice, and most of all making the internet an enjoyable, fun, learning tool.

“In school we remind children of staying SMART online (safe, meeting, accepting, reliable and tell) and all of the children know what each letter means and where to go for help and advice.

“As my class are at the upper end of the school we also talked about social media and how to use it appropriately, and also about the importance of privacy settings and photo sharing.”

Safer Internet Day is by no means a child-only initiative, with people of all ages and all sections of the community urged to work together to create a better internet.

Bron Sanders, independent chair of the East Riding Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Safer Internet Day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

“It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policy makers and others to join together in helping to create a better internet.”

Click here to learn more about Safer Internet Day.

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Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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