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Our partnership with Unicef UK delivers its 300th Internet Safety workshop

1 April 2016

Over 7,000 children, parents and teachers have taken part in the programme nationwide.

Our internet safety programme ‘The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters’, run in partnership with Unicef UK has held its 300th workshop. The programme is designed to help children and their families and teachers to use the internet safely.

So far, 7,378 children, parents and teachers have taken part in the sessions at Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools, which put the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of their policies and practice. As a result, nine in ten (90 per cent) parents say they will talk to their child more about online safety.

Children at a workshop

The programme aims to empower children to become confident digital citizens – enabling them to safely enjoy the benefits of the internet, in an online world that continues to rapidly evolve.

It also works to equip teachers and parents with the skills needed to help children to use the internet safely. They are shown the value of parental controls and the ease with which they can be set up and used, and are encouraged to discuss online safety openly with children.

In line with the aims of the programme, 91 per cent of parents who attended a workshop said they will now discuss with their child what action to take if a problem occurs.

The workshops are also valued by children, with 83 per cent saying they found them helpful and almost nine in ten (88 per cent) saying they would now tell an adult they trusted if something upset them online.

Since the launch of the BT and Unicef UK partnership in March 2014, 80 schools in disadvantaged areas have also been invited to join Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School programme, as a direct result of BT funding. These schools - selected from areas across the UK are provided with training, support visits and teaching resources, to help them embed children’s rights into their schools’ ethos and culture.

Pete Oliver, commercial and marketing director, BT Consumer, says: “The internet is an amazing place, especially for children, not only at school but also when continuing their learning at home. But online safety can often be a grey area for parents, teachers and children and in some instances it can result in parents being unsure how to best help their children to use the internet positively. The workshops are about enabling them to be digitally savvy, so that they can get the most out of the internet, while making smart choices so that potential dangers are managed.”

Catherine Cottrell, Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director, says: “The workshops have been a fantastic success. This partnership has been set up using what we believe is the best possible approach to online safety – involving parents, teachers and children and we are thrilled that 300 workshops have been delivered in Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools.”

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