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February is Online Safety Month

We will be highlighting online safety for the entire month of February across R.E.A.L. Education, to coincide with Safer Internet Day on 9th February. 

Staff will have access to a whole range of resources and activities to engage and inspire students’ confidence around online safety. Staff and learners will also focus on specific activities that explore grooming and fake news, to fit with this year’s Safer Internet Day theme: exploring reliability in the online world.

In addition, we will be sharing online safety tips and ideas through our social media channels. 

Kelly Jackson, Online Safety Lead for R.E.A.L. said: “The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly the lives of our children and young people. We understand the importance of encouraging our learners to practise safe and sensible use of digital and online technologies. 

“The internet opens up huge possibilities for learning for our children and young people. As well as having a world of information at their fingertips, they are able to connect with others they know online and build friendships and relationships. 

“However, for parents and carers this opens up a whole host of things to be aware of, not least ensuring their child’s safety and wellbeing. That’s why we are focusing on this important topic for the whole month of February, to really develop our learners’ critical thinking around this area.”

To find out more about Safer Internet Day on the 9th February and for lots of useful resources to help you talk to your child about online safety, click here.

National Online Safety have just launched a free online app for parents, full of useful information and advice to help protect your child online. To find out more and for a link to download the app, click here.