IMG_0775This week parents, staff and members of our local community listened to an eye-opening and thought provoking lecture by digital safety expert Karl Hopwood about how children can grow up safely in a digital world.

Karl discussed some of the main ways to help keep children safe online, and the importance of a calm and open response to children when things go wrong, so that they are confident to talk to parents and teachers about something they’ve encountered that doesn’t seem right, or has upset them.

Karl said: “This is about education, not simply blocking and banning children from the internet. Blocking worked a few years ago, but now young people all have mobile devices which allow them to access the internet wherever and whenever they want to and so they need to know how to protect themselves when things go wrong.”

Karl has kindly shared the resources from the talk – download them here:

Download Karl Hopwood – Arundale Lecture September 2018 (196.46 kB PDF)

A video link to the talk is available – please email for the link and the password. Please note the talk is aimed at adults and is not suitable for children.

The lecture was part of the annual Arundale Lecture series at St Christopher School.