Junior Internet Safety Day

1 February 2021 Categories Junior

Dear Parents,

February 9th 2021 is Safer Internet Day 2021, a day that is celebrated every year across Europe and in other countries worldwide.

In the UK, Safer Internet Day is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre and this year’s theme is “Together for a Better Internet”. Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to find out more about Internet Safety. During the lockdown we saw that children were turning more and more to digital resources for entertainment. For this reason we feel it is crucial to get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.

We would encourage you to take a few minutes to investigate some of the resources available
online. Useful links are:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

Our school will be participating in Safer Internet Day and our pupils will be learning about how to use the Internet safely, responsibly and positively. We have planned a number of activities to increase awareness of internet safety. To point out the importance of the day and promote the idea of respect, we thought it would be entertaining to hold the cancelled Odd Socks’ day on Tuesday 9th February. We would like to ask each child for a donation of €1 to participate in ‘Odd Sock Day’. We will use this as an opportunity to support the charity, “Make a Wish Greece”.

Furthermore, Mrs Alexopoulou, one of our Year 4 parents, has very kindly offered to give parents a virtual introduction on Internet Safety and how you can help your children stay safe online on Tuesday 9th February at 6:30 pm.

Session’s abstract
Keeping children safe online and developing healthy digital habits is a constant concern shared by the vast majority of parents. Still many parents feel that you need to be a computer expert to keep your child safe online. In this session, we will draw upon personal experience and discuss the following issues:

● main risks a child might encounter while browsing the internet;
● age-appropriate content and age-based rating systems (PEGI, ESRB, USK);
● widely available parental control features and practices, focusing mainly on
○ web content restrictions;
○ child accounts & monitoring computer activity (Google Family
Link/Microsoft Family Accounts);
○ search and amusement engines and browsers (kiddle/kidzsearch/youtube for
kids) appropriate for children.

Having discussed the above and acknowledging the fact that parental control is only the “technical” part of the discussion, we will end the seminar with a group discussion among parents on everyday tips allowing us to maintain a healthy digital family life.

Important note: Widely available commercial products will be discussed during the session for information purposes only in the spirit of raising awareness on the importance of staying safe online.

Time duration: 1 1/2 hour

Speaker’s profile
Maria Alexopoulou is a Computational Linguist active in the field of Multilingual Natural Language Processing and Language Infrastructures. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Classics, she moved on to the field of Computer Science, received a MSc on Natural Language Processing and was then awarded a State Scholarship (IKY) to continue her research at a PhD level at the Institute of Speech and Language Processing (ILSP), where she participated in major European and national R&D projects, focusing mainly in the areas of machine translation, knowledge representation and ontological semantics/pharma subdomain.

Having understood the profound need for bridging the gap between “academia” and “industry”, she launched medical translations.gr, an end-to-end language technology services provider for pharmaceutical companies.

If you wish to register on the virtual introduction on Internet Safety and how you can help your children stay safe online please email maria.alexopoulou@medicaltranslations.gr explicitly stating “CAMPION SAFE INTERNET DAY 2021” in the subject line.

Kind Regards,
Effie Panagopoulou