It’s Safer Internet Day on the 9 February 2021 and as a school with the Online Safety Mark we always place a high emphasis on using this flagship event to keep pushing the message about keeping safe and being responsible online.

This year’s event focuses on the theme of: “An internet we trust – exploring reliability in the online world.” This is a hot topic right now as we hear about ‘Fake News’ and our daily life very much teaches us that there is such a lot of misinformation online.

We have a range of resources that can be used at home to address this theme and they are available below:

1. What Do I Need To Know About Safer Internet Day

2. Conversation Starters

3. Family Activities

4. Family Online Safety Plan

5. Parent & Carers Resource Sheet

6. Show Your Support

7. What To Trust Online

There are also some top tips for parents available here and some others for children here.

Elsewhere, many parents have already signed up to the National Online Safety Hub which we are part of and benefit from free guides and messages to keep them bang up-to-date. If you wish to sign up you can do so here.

Ian Rose, Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead, said: “Online safety is a continual mantra in our school as we recognise that so many of the challenges facing young people are via their phone or tablet, rather than face-to-face. Indeed, this situation is only more stark in these times of COVID restrictions. Alongside this, the messages about trust and accuracy online have never been more pertinent and it is a fundamental part of our responsibility to work beside parents in educating our children to deal with this fact of modern life.”