New firm aims to ensure children’s safety while surfing the web
BADGE OF HONOUR: National Online Safety’s logo (top left), and right, James Southworth.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Nov 2017
A NEW Scunthorpe company is aiming to be at the forefront of educational awareness of digital dangers.
National Online Safety provides online safety training, consultancy and audits for schools across the UK, and has been delivering free lessons to primary schools in the North Lincolnshire area.
They have been developed in response to a proposed new government initiative to make the internet a safer place. The recently published Internet Safety Strategy green paper has outlined the crucial role that education will play in raising such awareness.
The talks consist of online safety specialists reading a new engaging children’s storybook The Adventures of an Online Explorer, which demonstrates different scenarios that children may encounter as they surf the internet, including payment fraud, cyber bullying and sharing inappropriate material.
Co-founder James Southworth, who is also behind the town’s award-winning On Marketing, based on Oswald Road, said “We already support schools by training school staff on the increasing dangers online and audit their current systems and policies to ensure pupils are effectively safeguarded in line with Ofsted guidelines.
“However, we found that the resources that actually engaged with the children on a grass roots level were extremely limited, so we have been working hard on developing this resource.”
“As our home is in North Lincolnshire, we thought that we should offer it to primary schools in the local area free of charge to help them protect their children more effectively.”
The lessons have already been delivered to a number of schools, including Holme Valley Primary School and Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue with highly positive feedback.
Leah Stoney, teacher at Holme Valley Primary School, said: “The interactive nature of the story enables children to discuss their own experiences and their suggested actions. All children in my class thoroughly enjoyed the story and it maintained important messages about how to tackle online safety throughout. I would highly recommend this to be shown to all primary school children.”
Phillipa Marshall, ICT teacher at Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue, said: “National Online Safety came to us to deliver workshops to showcase the importance of internet safety to over 90 Year 6 children.
“Not only was the class beneficial at the time for the children but it also had a lasting impact on them too. I would highly recommend NOS Online Safety to anybody who would like to highlight in an interesting, memorable way, the dangers of the internet and ways to overcome them.”
National Online Safety’s offering is developed in line with Ofsted, UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command information, and has accreditation and membership including that of the Anti-Bullying Association, Cyber Essentials and Information Commissioner’s Office.
For more information call 0800 368 8061 or visit www.nationalonlinesafety.com