Safer Internet Day - FREE Event

Getting ready for Safer Internet Day 

With the growing use of the internet for young people comes an increase of risks children might face online. That is why, ahead of Safer Internet Day we are hosting our annual conference where, with help from expert speakers, we will demystify and inform of the risks that young people and schools may face in this digital age.

This free virtual conference will be on 1st February 2022 with keynote topics from IBM and Machine Learning for KidsWest Midlands Cyber Resilience, and many more. Take a look at the agenda below to see our list of speakers and the topics they will be covering.

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The Agenda:

8:30-9:15 Simon Finch ‘We Could Be Better Than This’

Reflections on what Covid 19 has taught us, as adults and teachers, the importance of appropriate teaching of digital literacy and digital citizenship.

9:30-10:15 Lawrence Jordan from the Marie Collins Foundation

Will explore how sexual abuse occurs online, the effects online sexual abuse has on a child, and factors that influence staff response and decision-making. Delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on their current practice and draw on ‘real cases’ to encourage participants to share their experiences in this area.

10:30-11:15 Will Gardner is the CEO of children’s charity Childnet International

Draws upon recent research to discuss issues of online hate and sexual harassment faced by young people.

11:30-12:15 Dale Lane from IBM and Machine Learning for Kids

Discusses how data can bias and influence young peoples' choices.

12:45-13:30 Michael Tunks IWF’s Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Mike's presentation focuses on minimising the availability of online sexual abuse content. This session will look at the IWF's latest campaign to prevent self-generated images online.

13:45-14:15 An opportunity to hear from Etching Hill CE Primary Academy

Will share their experiences and examples of good practice for online safety after successfully going through the assessment and achieving the 360 Degree Safe Online Safety Mark.

14:30-15:00 Andy Pyper from Entrust

Reflects on the data acquired from our Monitoring Service, how this builds a picture of behaviours of young people online and how the pandemic has changed these online behaviours.

15:15-16:00 Chris White from the South East Cyber Resilience

Will highlight the real risk of cyber-attacks on schools and what you can do to prevent them with the correct measures put in place. The aim of this session is to advise you on how you can make your organisation safer, and by the end of the session, you will know what good computer security looks like.


Who can attend?

This event is open to anybody wanting to learn more about online safety and the risks facing young people while online to promote the safe and positive use of technology for children and young people.

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Our Keynote Speakers

Will Gardner OBE 

Will Gardner is the CEO of children’s charity Childnet International. Will joined Childnet in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2009. He is a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), a partnership between Childnet, the Internet Watch Foundation and the SWGfL, and as part of the UKSIC organises Safer Internet Day in the UK, which in February 2021 reached 51% of children and 38% of parents. He is also an Executive Board member of the UK Council for Internet Safety and chairs the Early Warning Working Group of helplines, hotlines and law enforcement. Will also sits on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board and Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council.

In his time at Childnet Will has led national and international projects and has led the development of Childnet’s range of award-winning internet safety programmes and resources aimed at children, parents and carers, and teachers and schools.

Will was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honour List for his work in the field of children’s online safety.

Simon Finch 

Simon is a teacher and specialist on online safety, safeguarding, digital citizenship and digital literacy, and a broad range of technology and learning related themes.

 He is a regular conference speaker and trainer for Universities, Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships, Local Authorities, schools, public and private sector services, and charities.

 Simon is the 2013 NAACE Impact Award winner for Leadership “for commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for the education sector.”

 Simon is an Associate Member of UKCCIS and a CEOP Ambassador.

Andy Pyper

Responsible for the Safeguarding systems and services provided by Entrust including MyConcern, Smoothwall Monitor, Tootoot, TeamSOS and the Digital Monitoring Service.

 Andy Pyper is an ex-primary teacher and has been involved in education for over 25 years, 15 of these as a lead for online safety. He was involved in the original review and roll out of digital monitoring software across Birmingham and, more recently, he developed and implemented the Digital Monitoring Service. As the Safeguarding manager within Entrust he works closely with suppliers, schools and Safeguarding teams to ensure that the services and guidance provided are up to date and reflect best practice. He is an Online Safety Assessor, CEOP Ambassador and Wrap trainer.

Chris White

Chris is the Head of Cyber and Innovation at The Cyber Resilience Centre for the South East. 

He left college and started a career in computing with a multi-national technology company.  Then joining the Police in the mid-90s experienced various departments focussing on technological roles.  Always looking for solutions and keeping up with technology, he joined the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit as a Police Cyber Security Advisor and Prevent Sgt, delivering the National Cyber Security Strategy where he has been working with private sector raising the awareness of cyber security, coaching and encouraging positive behaviour change within organisations, assisting those in the midst of cyber incidents and managing the offenders responsible.  Now at the Cyber Resilience Centre for the South East where he is Head of Cyber & Innovation, delivering as a speaker, presenter, technologist, and police officer working with the private sector & academia to protect business from cybercrime.

Dale Lane

Dale is a developer for IBM. He spent several years as a developer in IBM’s AI platform “Watson”, helping to create several of the Watson cloud services. He is the author of "Machine Learning for Kids", and the creator of the supporting website which uses a combination of IBM Watson and TensorFlow to allow school children around the world to learn about artificial intelligence by creating and playing with their own machine learning models.

Lawrence Jordan

Lawrence has worked within the Children Social Care arena since 2003. Lawrence has worked in a wide range of social care settings primarily regarding the safeguarding of children.

In 2013 Lawrence qualified as a social worker and joined an Emergency Social Work Team. It was during this time Lawrence developed a local response to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) including overseeing a small team of specialist CSE support workers. Lawrence specialism in CSE continued to develop while he was working in other teams before being promoted to the Child Sexual Exploitation Coordinator in 2016. The enabled Lawrence to address wider aspects of CSE and to develop a stronger multi-agency response. Further development in this area meant that Lawrence became the local authorities, Professional Lead for Children Missing, Exploited and Trafficked and was tasked with creating a multi-agency hub to respond to all forms of child exploitation and to incorporate the child missing service within it; a team that is still operating today.

Lawrence received 2 awards in 2020, firstly from the NWG for his work with children and families, and secondly a Thames Valley Police Area commander’s commendation for his exceptional work with children who are exploited, go missing or have been trafficked.

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