Safer Internet Day 2021: Safeguarding competition

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Pupils are being asked to imagine what the safeguarding solution of the future could look like as part of a competition to mark this year’s Safer Internet Day.

Safer Internet Day takes place on February 9 and the theme for this year’s event is “An internet we trust: Exploring reliability in the online world”.

The event is encouraging schools and parents to explore reliability online – helping young people to separate fact from fiction when online. A range of resources have been made available for both primary and secondary age students.

The competition, meanwhile, is open to key stage 1 and 2 pupils and is being run in partnership with Computing At School (CAS) and the Park House Computing and security app to keep young people safe online.

The competition is designed to give teachers and parents the opportunity to have the vital conversation with their children about how to be safer, more responsible digital citizens.

Pupils taking part in the competition will need to submit their ideas on February 9 and there are activity pack and templates for teachers including lesson plans.

All schools taking part in the competition will also be able to access a free trial of safeguarding software created by company SafeToNet.

The SafeToNet app uses AI to detect and filter risks in real time before harm is caused, to provide in the moment advice and guidance to steer children away from harms such as cyberbullying, online abuse and aggression, while protecting their right to privacy.

The app provides advice and guidance on online safety for both children and parents, and includes a number of digital wellbeing features, such as a mood diary and breathing tutorials, that help support children’s mental health.

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