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    Safer Internet Week

    Pupils, parents and staff play their part in creating a kinder online community.

    Kimbolton parents and staff yesterday heard a powerful presentation by internet safety awareness campaigner Lorin LaFave. Her talk, given at both the Prep and Senior School, was one of a series of events organised for our Senior School’s ‘Safer Internet Week’, which runs from 19th to 23rd February.

    Lorin’s son Breck, who loved gaming, was groomed online and murdered in 2014.  Since then Lorin has set up The Breck Foundation, a self-funding charity, raising awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet. Her aim is to make the internet a safer place for young people through education, prevention and empowerment, promoting awareness of the dangers young people face online.

    During the week we are also welcoming several other guest speakers to talk to pupils about current internet safety issues. These include Sophie Linington of Parentzone, discussing online resilience with our 1st Form, and the importance of creating a positive online profile with our 3rd to 5th Forms. The Sixth Form will be learning about cyber security and fraud with e-safety advisor Alan Mackenzie, while the 2nd Form will have a session debating the benefits and risks of different forms of social media.

    With their tutors, pupils from all year groups have also discussed topics including ‘Time Online’, ‘Empathy or Sympathy’, ‘Digital Citizen or Leader’, and watched video clips on subjects such as ‘Digital Footprints’ and ‘Stop, Speak, Support’. We are also asking Senior School pupils to take part in a national online safety survey run by the charities London Grid for Learning (LGfL DigiSafe) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). This survey will help us to better understand the risks children and young people face online and how we can best support our pupils.

    Kimbolton School e-Safety Officer and Safer Internet Week organiser Mrs Lucy King said: “I hope our guest speakers have provided valuable insights and advice to pupils, parents and staff across the school. I’d also encourage parents to take a look at the e-Safety page of the School website, where they will find up to date articles, advice and resources on all aspects of online safety.”