Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh
Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7 February. Each year there is a specific focus to the day and this year the slogan was ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
The purpose of the day is to highlight the positives, negatives and dangers of using the Internet. At St George’s we recognise the importance of Internet Safety for all of our students and we support them throughout the year. We discuss the hazards in the use of the internet with students through our PSE programme and in IT lessons, while teaching them to use online resources as part of our Digital Literacy topic. Our guidance team and teachers of Technologies have all received training through the CEOP Thinkuknow programme.
This session we have started training students in L6 to become Internet Safety ambassadors through Childnet’s Digital Leadership Programme. Once trained they will take an active role across the school in supporting students by taking part in assemblies, PSE sessions, running workshops and being visible within the school community as a group, supported by specialist staff, who are able to answer questions and help their peers.
It is increasingly difficult for parents to keep up to date on the ever changing technology our children use and so I would like to draw your attention to the following resources which are currently in circulation:
- The Digital Parenting Magazine published by Vodafone. This magazine has just published its fifth edition and is always an informative and accessible read.
- NSPCC’s national campaign in partnership with O2, run on local radio and through the press. This is offering support materials and a support phone service to help with online issues and configuring the settings on devices and consoles to provide protection to younger users.
- CEOP website with a range of resources for parents and students
As part of our Internet Safety programme across the School, the P5 will use the new CEOP resource Play, Like, Share next week. Our digital Leaders are currently preparing their first Upper School assembly on Selfies for the end of February.
Director of ICT