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24 Jan 2018

Smoothwall launch SAFE to equip teachers to keep children safe online

It’s that time of year again with the 24th January marking the first day of BETT 2018. We’re geared up for a busy 4 days on stand D184 with an array of industry experts on hand to deliver a series of in-depth online safety and safeguarding sessions and the launch of our brand new initiative SAFE!

This year our fantastic lineup of speakers include: David Wright from UK Safer Internet Centre, Claire Levens from Internet Matters and Stella James from Gooseberry Planet. You can still view our full agenda and sign up to any of our sessions here. In a world where digital technology paves the way in which children are educated, the advancement of responsible internet use is paramount.

Smoothwall champions an effective digital curriculum within schools to equip young people with the skills they need to work in a safe digital society.  This has formed the basis of our new initiative SAFE (Smoothwall’s Association for Education), which has been created to equip teachers with the tools they need to keep their pupils safe online. As part of SAFE, we will be providing the following resources to help schools and teachers promote responsible use of the internet in the classroom:

  • Masterclass Roadshow - Our 2016 e-Safety Masterclass Roadshow is back with an enhanced agenda to provide expert advice, best industry practice and information to anyone responsible for keeping children safe online. Visit our page for more information and to register for your FREE ticket.
  • Online Safety Workshops - Delivered by our Online Safety Experts, Smoothwall host online safety workshops for pupils, teachers and families to provide tailored guidance and information on how to stay safe online. If you would like Smoothwall to host a workshop in your school, get in touch.
  • Online Safety Zone - Our Online Safety Zone provides you with a one-stop shop for learning about online safety, with regular updates to news and resources. You can also subscribe to our free Online Safety Newsletter, to receive all the latest tips and facts on how to stay smart and safe online.
  • Ask Smoothwall - Using #AskSmoothwall on Twitter and the forums during webinars and masterclasses, provide customers a platform to gain answers to any queries around online safety, cybersecurity or Smoothwall’s products.
  • Classroom Resources - Available from Spring 2018, our range of downloadable resources and activity packs are designed to help you deliver engaging lessons to pupils of all ages, on how to promote responsible use of the internet.
  • Webinars - Hosted by our product and industry specialists, Smoothwall webinars are ideal for anyone seeking further insight around product and legislative updates and provide a great platform where you can #AskSmoothwall any questions you may have.

Claire Stead, Online Safety Ambassador comments, “Online safety for children is becoming an increasingly severe problem year on year, and as it grows, teachers will have to deal with it more and more in the classroom. We recently found that instances of online bullying in the classroom for example have increased by a third, but the teachers that are entrusted to protect and educate them on the dangers of online  don’t feel fully supported to do this (62%). “There have been a number of great government initiatives and legislation over the past year to tackle this, such as the Government’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ regulations and Prince William’s ‘anti-cyberbullying’ plan, but as a technology industry, we need to come together to ensure that we are playing our part in keeping the online world safe for children. That’s why at Smoothwall we want to make it as easy as possible for teachers to gain the knowledge and support that they need to be able to confidently do their jobs, which is why programmes such as S.A.F.E. are important.”

To find out more about SAFE, visit our webpage.

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