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Tootoot Make a NoiseInternet Matters in partnership with tootoot, and supported by the Department for Education, are inviting schools to take part in a pilot online service to report bullying and cyber bullying concerns.

The programme which sits alongside 9 other innovative schemes to tackle bullying, backed with £4.4million of government investment, will enable 120,000 students across 300 schools to report incidents such as bullying, cyber bullying, or homophobic, transphobic and biphobic abuse.



Online reporting platform
At the core of the programme will be the award-winning online reporting platform which gives students and parents an easy and simple way to report all issues relating to bullying and cyber bullying.

To help pupils, parents and staff address the issues raised, the reporting platform will be supplemented by resource hubs dedicated to staff, pupils and parents, and will help schools address the issues or concerns that may be raised through the reporting platform.

The aim is to create a one- stop shop for bullying support for school staff, pupils and parent.
· Reporting platform with resources for students
· Resource hub and reporting platform for parents
· Safeguarding platform and resource hub for staff

Internet Matters and tootoot are inviting schools and Academies, both directly and via their Local authorities and Multi Academy Trusts, to register to join the 12-month programme, funded by the Department for Education.

We are half way through our regional workshops, having had 3 already around the country, and a further 3 set for the next 6 months.

The next workshop which is in London, is the 19th June 2017, National Children’s Bureau, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE. 9am - 1.30pm.

90 schools have already signed up and there are still 40 school places available on a first come first serve basis.

To register your school to take part please click the link https://makeanoiselondon.eventbrite.co.uk

(Please be aware that by registering your place on our London workshop, you are committing to the 12 month programme which has been funded by the DfE, to the value of £1000. Once you sign up the next steps will be outlined. For more information, download the flyer)

Or if you would like to register your school for future workshops then please register here www.makeanoise.info

For more info on this initiative visit: www.makeanoise.info
Or email: info@tootoot.co.uk

More information about the funding from DfE visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-more-children-to-benefit-from-anti-bullying-app

Written by Michael Brennan on June 07, 2017 13:47

New anti-bullying programme backed by DfE will help beat bullying


Internet Matters in partnership with tootoot, and supported by the Department for Education, are inviting schools to take part in a pilot online service to report bullying and cyberbullying concerns.


Tootoot Make a NoiseThe programme which sits alongside 9 other innovative schemes to tackle bullying, backed with £4.4million of government investment, will enable 120,000 students across 300 schools to report incidents such as bullying, cyber bullying, or homophobic, transphobic and biphobic abuse.

Online reporting platform
At the core of the programme will be the award-winning online reporting platform which gives students and parents an easy and simple way to report all issues relating to bullying and cyberbullying.

To help pupils, parents and staff address the issues raised, the reporting platform will be supplemented by resource hubs dedicated to staff, pupils and parents, and will help schools address the issues or concerns that may be raised through the reporting platform.
Our aim is to create a one- stop shop for bullying support for school staff, pupils and parent.

  • Reporting platform with resources for students
  • Resource hub and reporting platform for parents
  • Safeguarding platform and resource hub for staff

  • Internet Matters and tootoot are inviting schools and Academies, both directly and via their Local authorities and Multi Academy Trusts, to register to join the 12-month programme, funded by the Department for Education.

    We are holiding 6 regional workshops around the country across the next 12 months. We have already had our first one and our next one is in The North West.

    The next workshop which is in the North West is the 27th March 2017, Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub (Jubilee Way, Orford, Warrington, WA2 8HE).

    There are limited school places available on a first come first serve basis.

    To register your school to take part please click the link makeanoisewarrington.eventbrite.co.uk

    Or if you would live to register your school for future workshops then please register here www.makeanoise.info

    For more info on this initiative visit: www.makeanoise.info or email: info@tootoot.co.uk

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    Written by Michael Brennan on March 07, 2017 11:41

    10 – The official age children should own a smartphone

    New survey by Internet Matters reveals how parents of 8-11 year olds want minimum age enforced for smartphone ownership


    Internet Matters InfographicInternet Matters this week launched its ‘Back to School’ survey which reveals the majority of parents (84.6%) would like a minimum age for smartphone ownership in the UK - with age 10 being the most popular minimum age. With millions of children back to school this week, the new research shows that over half (65%) of 8-11 year olds own a smartphone and nearly a quarter (23%) of parents let their children take their phone to school. The survey is complimented by a Back to School e-safety advertising campaign and a new online safety guide by Internet Matters which helps parents keep their children safe online.

    Carolyn Bunting, General Manager at Internet Matters, commented: ‘With such a huge amount of young people owning smartphones and the acceptable age of doing so being 10, parents need to be more aware than ever of what their children are doing online. That’s why we have launched our brand new online safety guide, so that parents remember these safety precautions in their back to school shopping list for their children.”

    On the anniversary of changes to the National Curriculum in England, which made e-safety a compulsory topic for primary schools, the ‘Back to School’ survey shows parents believe the responsibility lies with them and schools to ensure their kids are safe online. Whilst nearly three quarters of parents (72%) said their primary school teaches their children e-safety, 67% of parents think it’s up to them to keep their kid’s safe online but 90% think schools could do more. Whilst mobile technology brings enormous benefits to young people, the majority of parents (82%) would prefer that mobile phones were not allowed in primary school.

    The research highlighted huge regional variations of smartphone usage among children with Newcastle revealed to be the kids “smartphone capital of Britain” - with 90.5% of primary school children aged 8-11 owning one, compared to Manchester (65%), Birmingham (61%) and London (55%). Brighton and Hove came bottom of the table with 40%.

    Child psychotherapist Catherine Knibbs commented: “It is no surprise that 10 appears to be the most popular age parents feel comfortable letting their children own a smartphone as this is the age that children move from a more simplistic view of the world to being more independent, think in a more complex way, and show the ability to understand the consequences of their actions. This adult-like behaviour in children makes parents feel more comfortable that their children are grown up enough to own a smartphone, but it’s a tough decision as parents need to balance this new found freedom with a level of supervision and boundary setting to ensure safe internet usage.”

    Bunting, further commented: “Every parent agonises over that all-important decision of when to give their children a mobile phone. Whether it’s peer pressure, a sign of maturity, or out of peace of mind, every child is different and parents know intuitively what the right age is for their child. Giving children this great tool comes with responsibilities both for parents and children. We would urge parents to ensure they have the conversation with their children about how to be responsible on their phones and ensure that the safety settings are in place across all their devices and search engines.”

    For more information on Internet Matters Back to School campaign please visit www.internetmatters.org.

    Written by Internet Matters on September 03, 2015 10:55


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