February 11th 2014 is Safer Internet Day, a day that is very important to Unity College and our students.
Safer Internet Day is run by the INSAFE network and is celebrated every year across Europe, and in other countries worldwide. In the UK, Safer Internet Day is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre (www.saferinternet.org.uk), and this year’s theme is “Let’s create a better internet together.”
At Unity we teach students about eSafety in ICT and through assemblies and work in PD Groups. During the week of Safer Internet Day we also carry out specific activities and assemblies to highlight to students how to stay safe on the internet.
We recognise that most students will have access to the internet at home so It is important that parents are also engaged and informed to ensure their children can get the most out of the internet. The following are very useful guides to help parents to ensure their children stay safe online.
What Can I Do Right Now – Checklist [pdf]
Parent-Factsheet [pdf] (information and online resources)
For further information see the Safer Internet Day website
This year there will also be a special SID TV - A streaming TV programme, aired on Safer Internet Day 11 February, at http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2014/tv The show will contain engaging and practical information and advice on being safe online and using the internet to inspire learning and creativity!
Parents Hours are 15:00-16:00 and 19:00-20:00
This hour will be aimed at parents, carers and grandparents and will cover:
- Keeping your kids safe on Facebook, Twitter and BT – your questions answered.
- Age ratings for films and online content
- Parental controls and filters at home and on mobiles
- Sexting – supporting your children after an incident
- Sources of support around internet safety for parents.