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A new approach to e-safety for Our Lady’s Catholic College as they join nationwide peer education programme

Pupils from Our Lady’s Catholic College are set to become Digital Leaders after joining an innovative new internet safety programme from UK charity, Childnet International. 

Launching in September 2015, the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme aims to empower young people to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

By signing up to the programme Our Lady’s Catholic College will join an exciting online community, where they will access training and support from Childnet’s expert team, record achievements, and collaborate and share inspiration with schools across the UK. Supported by Facebook and the European Union, the programme will also give young people opportunities to engage with leading technology companies and have a say in creating a better internet for the future.

Mrs Seddon says:

“We have signed up to this exciting programme to put our students at the heart of our school’s approach to internet safety.  We know this is such an important issue and Childnet have given us an opportunity to try something new, which will allow our students to grow in leadership and support other students to stay safe whilst online.”

By harnessing the power of youth voice Childnet’s new programme will help Our Lady’s Catholic College strengthen their e-safety provision. 

In 2014 school inspectors in the UK set out that outstanding e-safety practice in schools involves the active involvement and leadership of young people, but evaluation data from the school self-assessment tool 360 Degree Safe found that while this is improving year on year, it is still one of the weakest areas of e-safety provision in schools. As CEO of Childnet, Will Gardner, explains the programme will help schools like Our Lady’s Catholic College work towards an outstanding whole school community approach to e-safety.

“This year Childnet turns twenty and we’re excited to be launching a new youth programme, which will help build a new approach to e-safety, putting young people at the heart of the solution. We have been piloting this programme over the last year, with support from Facebook, and the impact of the programme is clear - from safer online behaviours of pupils to the involvement of young people in developing e-safety policies and wider."