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NAHT calls for statutory PSHE on Safer Internet Day 2016

NAHT is pleased to support Safer Internet Day 2016 and will use the day to call for statutory PSHE.


Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT said: “It is important that schools are able to provide students with safe access to the internet for learning.  The benefits of easy access to the internet for pupils are clear – but so are the dangers.


“The responsibilities on teachers and schools leaders in this area are huge, and it is a duty schools take very seriously.


“Teachers need constant training and support to be able to keep pace with technological change.  The number of computers in schools is increasing rapidly, and it is not just the desktops, laptops and tablets provided for official school use.  The number of children with personal access to the internet is also growing – via phones and even watches – which is a form of constant internet access for children that teachers are less able to monitor.


“Teachers need to feel confident in using technology and able to implement appropriate safeguards – the government must support this with proper training.


“NAHT believe that the best form of safeguarding is to set aside time to talk to children about the potential dangers of the internet, and to teach them how to stay safe online.  Statutory PSHE would give schools a protected time in the curriculum to tackle these issues.”

Page Published: 09/02/2016

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