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Portland Academy Marks Safer Internet Day

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9:35am 11th February 2014

Portland Academy will join hundreds of organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day.

Students are taking part in a range of activities from web design to looking at social media - and how to guard against the risks.

Gary Spraklen who's in charge of digital learning at the Academy told us:

" We've got some parents sessions coming up in half term when they can come along and find out more.  And the message is get to know your children better to find out what they're doing online."

Meanwhile Dorset's Safe School and Communities team also hosted a conference today on internet safety for professionals in the county who work with children and young people.

This year's theme is 'let's create a better internet together'.

Mark Howell, Internet Safety Officer for the SSCT, said: "Safer Internet Day is a global event and we are really pleased to be part of it.

"We wanted to provide professionals with an opportunity to gain more knowledge and understanding of some of the risks posed by the internet. By helping them become aware of how to minimise these, they can support children and young people to enjoy the internet safely.

"The SSCT deliver education and training to children and young people, parents, carers and professionals across Dorset throughout the year, so having a conference on Safer Internet Day is an opportunity to promote the importance of delivering such education and raising awareness of the work we are carrying out on a daily basis."

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