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Guest post: More than a thousand schools sign up to free new online safety service in first week

Nicky Morgan said she hopes both schools and parents will take advantage of a new free feed to school websites – and, since her comments, more than 1000 schools have signed up to host the revolutionary new online safety tool.

 
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Parent Info offers an unprecedented range of up to date advice on issues affected by the internet, provided by leading experts. It is designed to run on schools’ websites.

The service has been developed by The Parent Zone, which has been providing information to parents for more than 10 years; and CEOP, a command of the National Crime Agency (fromerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection unit).

  • 1 in 5 parents do not feel prepared to keep their children safe online 
[1]
  • Nearly a quarter of girls age 9-16 say they have been bothered by something online 
[2]

Parent info has been designed to help give parents and carers peace of mind when navigating the minefield of content that children can access online, and to equip them to speak to their children about sensitive topics. 


New articles will be published every week, including tips and information on everything from spotting the warning signs of self-harm to having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world. 


Schools can integrate the free Parent Info newsfeed in to their websites simply by registering at Parentinfo.org 


Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, said:


“Growing up in a digital age, it is vital that we protect children from the dangers the internet can possess and give them the tools they need to prepare for life in modern Britain. 
As a parent myself, I also know how important it is for parents to have peace of mind knowing that their children are safe online. 


“I want all parents to feel that they have the knowledge and information they need to support their children online, and I hope that both schools and parents take advantage of this resource.” 


Parent Info was previously tested with 100 schools in an extended pilot for two terms. At the end, 100% said they would recommend it.

Geraldine Bedell, editor of Parent Info, said:

“We hear all the time that parents feel at sea when it comes to their children’s digital lives. We hope by bringing together leading experts on schools’ websites, we can help parents to help their children be confident and creative online.”

 

[1] Ofcom, Report on Internet Safety Measures, 2014
[2] LSE, Net Children Go Mobile, 2014