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    Pupils Play Their Part for a Better Internet

    Today is Safer Internet Day 2016, and pupils at our Prep and Senior Schools are joining other youngsters across the UK to play their part in creating a kinder online community.

    Safer Internet Day 2016 Tim Pinto Talk at Kimbolton Prep SchoolToday is Safer Internet Day 2016, and pupils at our Prep and Senior Schools are joining other youngsters across the UK to play their part in creating a kinder online community.

    Celebrated globally in over 100 countries, the event is an opportunity to encourage youngsters to think about their role in making the most of the positive opportunities offered online, while giving them the resilience, skills and support they need to navigate any risks they may come across. 

    The day of positive action on 9 February comes as a new study commissioned by official organisers of the day, the UK Safer Internet Centre, reveals that:

    • 4 in 5 young people witnessed online hate targeting a specific group in the last year
    • Three quarters say online hate makes them more careful about what they share online
    • 2.1m young people have played their part and taken positive online action to show their support for targeted groups

    At Kimbolton we welcomed visiting speaker Mr Tim Pinto, who talked to pupils at both the Prep and Senior Schools, as well as to Prep parents, about how the internet has changed society and how we can all stay safe online.

    At the Senior School, our e-Safety Officer Mrs Lucy King has additionally put together a week-long programme of events for First to Sixth Formers, again designed to help promote the responsible and positive use of digital technology. This was launched yesterday, with a visit from St Ives Police Community Support Officer Rachel Martin, who discussed legality and social media.

    Focusing on the Protection of Children Act 1978, the Public Order Act 1986 and the Malicious Communication Act 1998, PCSO Martin said: “Our digital footprints can impact many areas of our lives, including our real-life reputation and image, our further education and employment prospects, and our relationships with family, friends and other people in our network.”

    Later this week, comedian Jools Constant will present his show ‘2Facedbook’ to Fourth and Fifth Formers, which addresses issues such as cyber bullying, sexting and chat room dangers. Meanwhile Theresa Hughes, former police detective and an expert on online safety and child protection, will be talking to the Third Form, while Kathy Ollson will be discussing ‘online reputation’ with the Sixth Form.