Keeping children safe online

10th October 2017

Andrew Bridgen MP showed his support towards making North West Leicestershire a safer place for children to be online, after learning about valuable resources available for local schools from online safety campaigners Internet Matters. 

The not-for-profit organisation, which aims to help parents keep kids safe online, held a joint parliamentary drop-in session with Google to showcase the tools they both have available for parents and schools in helping to ensure children’s online safety. 

Just in time for the new school term, Internet Matters have relaunched the schools section on their website. Research shows that schools are the most popular place for parents to seek help with online safety issues, so Andrew Bridgen was given a guided tour of the their new resource hub which now includes a host of school programmes, training, classroom resources and a communication pack to help schools drive engagement with parents. 

Andrew Bridgen MP said: “As children increasingly live their lives in a digital world, internet safety is becoming more of a pressing issue for teachers and schools. Both Internet Matters and Google believe that all children should be able to enjoy the wealth of information and entertainment available online in a way that is as safe and age appropriate as possible, so building children’s digital resilience is a key life skill that is needed for young people today.”

While Internet Matters expert and comprehensive advice for teachers, schools and parents is all online, Google is taking their online safety tips and products on the road with its successful ‘Internet Legends’ initiative. Through this new and exciting roadshow, Google are educating primary school children across the UK on online safety and empowering them with the tools they need to stay safe and act responsibly online.  Google has already developed online safety tools such as its Safe Search feature which filters potentially offensive content, and the YouTube Kids app which allows families to watch child friendly programmes with peace of mind. 

Andrew Bridgen plans to spread awareness of these resources with Inspector Bhakta of Leicestershire Police to share with schools, pupils and parents when her team visit for safety online sessions. 

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