Tim Loughton, MP, to Present Safe School Award to Riversdale Primary

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Safe, the certificate in social networking, is being taught in over 2,000 schools across the UK. Minister, Tim Loughton, will be presenting Riversdale Primary with their Safe School Award on Thursday June 14th.

Pupils from Riversdale have completed the Certificate in Safe Social Networking

The arrival of new technology almost invariably offers far more opportunity than it does risk – and never has this been more true than it is today in the world of education...it’s about how we help young people to benefit from innovation safely.

Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Young Families, will be visiting Riversdale Primary in Southfields, South West London to present their Safe School Award and Safe Certificates in recognition of the e-safety activities the pupils and teachers have achieved. Mr Loughton will participate in an e-safety assembly and make the presentations. The pupils will share with him the online activities they did to receive their Safe Certificate.

Safe is a programme of practical activities that develop young people's skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites. Safe has been developed by DigitalMe, a not for profit organisation dedicated to using new technology to create engaging learning experiences.

Designed to work on social networks, Safe gives teachers the free materials and resources to enable a school to deliver fun activities, which develop their pupils’ digital literacy skills. Children learn about how to stay safe when creating an online profile and image, what to include in a blog, where to share media and who to make friends with on social networks. By completing the programme pupils gain a Safe Certificate as evidence of their learning.

Tim Loughton, MP, who co-chairs the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), campaigns for the teaching of e-safety in schools

“The arrival of new technology almost invariably offers far more opportunity than it does risk – and never has this been more true than it is today in the world of education...it’s about how we help young people to benefit from innovation safely. The time has come to ensure that children and young people are able to take advantage of the wonders that technology brings – without the dangers.” (BETT)

For more information on Safe
http://www.safesocialnetworking.org

For further details of the visit and to arrange for a press pass, please contact:
safe(at)digitalme(dot)co(dot)uk

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