E- Safety Parent Information Evening 11th February 2020

ESafety information evening Tuesday 11th February 2020 6 – 6.30pm  

Having access to technology on a daily basis offers up many benefits. For most of us, it would be impossible to live without it. However, as technology moves on at such a pace, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the new developments and trends, particularly with regards to mobile technologies and safe and secure accessibility to online material.  

At Park Vale Academy, we work to provide high quality guidance for students in relation to the dangers of being online through our curriculum and DRIVE assemblies. ESafety is an important part of keeping students safe at Park Vale Academy. We have extensive security measures in place in the academy, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard students from potential dangers or unsuitable material.  

However, we can only be successful in keeping students safe online if we work with you to ensure the ESafety message is consistent. Your help is needed to discuss with your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to unpleasant and unwanted content or comments online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.  

For this reason, an information evening has been organised to help you to contribute to the process of helping your child to be aware of the potential risks associated with using technologies. Ofsted increasingly view Parents ESafety Awareness events as essential components of effective safeguarding provision and I would therefore appreciate your support in attending this event. The event will be taking place on Tuesday 11th February 2020, 6 – 6.30pm and I would encourage you to come along with your child.  

The evening will be focusing on encouraging everyone to think about identity online, looking at how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others. This year the Safer Internet Day campaign will be using the hashtag #freetobe – exploring all of the things that young people should be free to be, when they are online. Get involved to play your part!  

The event will last approximately 30 minutes and members of the Business and IT Faculty, as well as students, will address the factors mentioned above and help support working safely together. 

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