Empowering children to keep safe online: Internet safety workshops with BT
The internet can be a fascinating place for children, with a wealth of learning opportunities and information just a few clicks away. However, it’s crucial that children, along with parents and teachers, understand how to use the internet safely and what to do if they have problems online.
BT and Unicef UK are working together to empower children with the confidence they need to become digitally savvy citizens and to enjoy the great benefits of the internet safely. The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters programme is designed to help children and their families and teachers to use the internet securely and with confidence.
Today, BT and Unicef UK celebrated our 300th workshop on internet safety with a special event at the BT Tower. We were joined by 30 children and their parents, who enjoyed an interactive workshop about staying safe online.
So far, our workshops have reached over 7,000 children, parents and teachers who have taken part in the sessions at Rights Respecting Schools, which put the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of their educational practice.
Encouragingly, 90% of parents who attended said they will talk to their child more about online safety, and 88% of children say they would now tell an adult they trusted if something upset them online.
The workshops are designed to arm teachers with the knowledge they need to hold further learning sessions in the future, working with even more classrooms and their parents. The internet can be an amazing tool and together we can ensure that more children can enjoy it safely.