On 7th February 2017, Smoothwall travelled to Rye St Antony School in Oxford, to run several online safety sessions as part of Safer Internet Day.
Rye St Antony were selected out of a range of schools who pitched for Smoothwall to join them for Safer Internet Day because of their commitment to show pupils positive role models and teach them how to stay safe online, along with wanting to help give parents practical information about online safety too.
The message of online safety is of paramount importance, with statistics from the UK Safer Internet Centre showing that 84% of 8-17 year olds have shared an image online, with 38% having received negative comments on an image or video they have posted. With stories like those of Kayleigh Haywood and Breck Bednar becoming more frequent, we have to ensure that children have the knowledge and power to confidently protect themselves online, and that this is supported by their parents, teachers and other caregivers. Rye St Antony School were keen to share this message and teach their pupils appropriate use of the internet, for when both in and out of the classroom. Rye St Antony offer boarding facilities and therefore have an extra level of responsibility when it comes to safeguarding children.