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ACS Cobham marks Safer Internet Day

Published Wednesday 25th of February 2015 09:59:33 AM

ACS Cobham International School recently joined hundreds of other organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day, promoting the safe and responsible use of digital technology.

Various members of staff at ACS Cobham, including librarians, teachers and IT specialists, presented talks throughout the day to over 200 parents and students, covering issues such as cyberbullying, eSafety for children and social media security.

As one of only a handful of schools in the UK to have specialist �IT Integrationists�, there were step-by-step �how to� sessions and demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for parents to speak one-to-one with experts.

A number of the presentations were a combined effort from students and teachers and included an interactive element; students took part in quizzes, asked and answered questions, and volunteers even took to the audience to help parents check their privacy settings on their devices. Offering personal experiences and answering questions from parents and staff, a Teen Panel made up of students from 9th-11th grade provided a student perspective on subjects including gaming, social media, cyberbullying and digital citizenship.

Safer Internet Day 2015 reached millions across the UK and globally with the theme �Let�s create a better internet together�. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration saw over 800 organisations, including the BBC, CEOP, Disney and Google, get involved to promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Dr Alexandra Read, IT Integrationist at ACS Cobham and organiser of the day, commented:

�I was overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm from the presenters and their level of knowledge on such a wide array of topics on the subject of eSafety. The warm reception from parents, teachers and students who attended so many of the presentations on Safer Internet day was fantastic.�

ACS Hillingdon and ACS Egham also marked the day, holding assemblies and organising various activities for students to promote safe use of digital technology.

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