Local MP, Brendan O’Hara showed his support towards making Argyll and Bute a safer place for children to be online after learning about valuable resources available for local schools from online safety campaigners Internet Matters. Internet Matters, which aims to help parents keep kids safe online, held a joint parliamentary drop-in session today with Google to showcase the tools they both have available for parents and schools, in helping to ensure children’s online safety.
Responding to the work of Internet Matters, Mr O’Hara said,
“As children increasingly live their lives in a digital world, internet safety is becoming more of a pressing issue for teachers and schools. Both Internet Matters and Google believe that all children should be able to enjoy the wealth of information and entertainment available online in a way that is as safe and age appropriate as possible, so building children’s digital resilience is a key life skill that is needed for young people today.”
While Internet Matters’ expert and comprehensive advice for teachers, schools and parents is all online, Google is taking their online safety tips and products on the road with its successful ‘Internet Legends’ initiative. Through this new and exciting roadshow, Google are educating primary school children across the UK on online safety and empowering them with the tools they need to stay safe and act responsibly online.
Google has already developed online safety tools such as its Safe Search feature which filters potentially offensive content, and the YouTube Kids app which allows families to watch child friendly programmes with peace of mind.
Mr O’Hara plans to highlight the new schools resource hub with teachers in Argyll and Bute which he hopes will help and support all online safety discussions with parents.
For more information on helping keep children safe online visit https://www.internetmatters.org
About Internet Matters
Internet Matters (internetmatters.org) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which aims to help parents keep their children safe online. It was founded by the UK’s four major broadband providers; BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, with the BBC and Google joining as partners in 2016. Internet Matters is an Executive Member of UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and an industry expert working with The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, founded by the Duke of Cambridge. It was awarded a grant from the Department for Education, supporting anti-bullying app tootoot, to help combat bullying in schools.