Bolton teachers to get online safety training to combat 'cyber-bullying'
TEACHERS are to undergo training to help children stay safe online.
Bolton Council is running an Internet Safety Training Event for primary school teachers.
The session comes as reports show cyber-bullying has increased, with more young people being targeted through social media.
The training is designed to help teachers recognise the risks associated with online environments, deal-ing with cyberbullying issues, and promote e-safety and digital literacy in the new proposed computing curriculum.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We have had a fantastic response from primary schools in the borough wishing to take up the training; so much so that we are already planning an additional course early next year.
“While online resources have become a vital tool in today’s society, the issue of internet safety for young people everywhere has become increasingly sig-nificant over recent years and we felt it important to equip our teachers with the skills to identify and tackle the potential dangers associated with it.”
New Ofsted guidance expects schools to make e-safety a priority and recommend at least one member of staff should receive accredited training in the subject.
The one-day training session will feature hands-on workshops covering a range of topics including social networking sites, dealing with cyber bullies and creating e-safety policies and procedures for staff and pupils.
The council spokesman added: “Hopefully, those attending the training session will leave with the skills to share with other colleagues and vital information for their pupils on how to stay safe while they are using the internet.”
Emily Kirk, headteacher at Gaskell Primary School, said: “In today's society, the internet is an extremely valuable and fun resource for children to use to enhance their learning, make friends and provide them with a variety of entertainment. Using the internet, however, can expose children to risks of abuse in the form of bullying, fraud or something even more serious. We believe that educating our children on how to stay safe whilst they are online is an important life skill.”
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