South West Grid for Learning partners with Friendly WiFi

Friendly WiFi, the Public WiFi accreditation scheme established with the support of industry and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), is pleased to announce a new partnership formed with South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) to help provide access to the accreditation for schools and further promote awareness of the colourful Friendly WiFi logo, to help children and young people stay safe online.

Friendly Wifi KidsThe exclusive arrangement with SWGfL enables schools to apply for the accreditation allowing the use of the Friendly WiFi logo to display on their WiFi landing page, around the school and on their websites to show their pupils, parents, teachers and visitors, that the WiFi access they provide is safe to use.

By displaying the Friendly WiFi logo, schools can promote and acknowledge their social responsibility by clearly showing that they care about their internet users' safety online. This is especially comforting for parents with children who are provided with school internet access for their personal devices, it also helps young people become aware of other safe venues when out and about.

“We are really excited about our new partnership with SWGfL and their commitment to safeguarding our children when browsing the web online at school”, said RDI spokesperson Mike Davies. “Providing the ability for schools to use and display the logo is an excellent way to promote the awareness of online safety to children and young people, providing them the comfort that wherever they see the logo, they can be sure the WiFi meets a safe and recognised standard”.

“Supporting schools and other organisations to keep young people safer online is a key priority at SWGfL so we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Friendly WiFi to help promote awareness of the scheme” explained SWGfL’s Education Manager, Julia Adamson. “And in line with our core principles, to support schools to save money, we’re delighted to be able to offer membership to the scheme at a significantly discounted rate”.

Baroness Shields, the UK's Minister for Internet Safety and Security said:

“Keeping children and young people safe online is of paramount importance, and a priority for Government. It's extremely encouraging to see key organisations that provide schools with safe and secure connectivity supporting the friendly WiFi scheme. It will help make the internet a safer place for children.”

For further information on the Friendly WiFi initiative, please click here or go to SWGfL to read more about the partnership and how to register.

Written by Friendly WiFi on April 25, 2016 12:40

E-safety Briefings - Autumn Programme

The SWGfL series of live e-safety briefings recommence in September

E-safety LiveAfter a successful 2 year programme of delivering vital e-safety information across the UK, the South West Grid for Learning are now planning a further series of 80 events to run until march 2016.

Online safety is one of those areas of safeguarding that never seems desperately important until things go wrong; only then do a host of authorities appear to point out the massive gaps that have been missed.

The recent Serious Case Review at a North Somerset First School where a member of staff had been systematically abusing children over a period of time clearly identified the glaring gaps in online safeguarding that in hindsight are so obvious but at the time, obviously didn’t register as a cause for concern.

The E-safety Live Briefings are short sharp sessions that aim to provide the most amount of information in the shortest possible time at a local location to you...and they are free?

Who for?

In the broadest sense the sessions are designed for any professional working with children and young people, and certainly not just designated ICT leads in schools. There will be lots in the session for those in Senior Management, those who are accountable for governance, need to steer holistic approaches and formulate strategy as well as practitioners who are keen to extend knowledge and increase effectiveness. Anyone in the Children’s Workforce will benefit from the insight and the testimonials reflect the wide appeal.


There will be content about current technology, latest trends and issues that are emerging, focus on some of the key research that is being carried out and the important findings from it. Guidance on policy and legislative frameworks as well as exploration of tools, techniques and strategies being employed to good effect. There is also signposting to useful sources of support.

The scanning and scrutiny of material in the rapidly changing field of online safety is constant and the briefings are a vital component in efforts to ensure practitioners and policy makers alike are aware and conversant.

Resource Base

The resource base, accessible by every delegate who attends through a password issued to them, reinforces all the headline content of the briefing by giving access to the detailed research, documentation, presentations, legislation and quoted material of any other form from the session itself. This includes media coverage, video clips, hyperlinks and multi-media interactions.

Hosting Opportunity

The UK Safer Internet Centre are looking for organisations who would like to host one of these briefings, and are committed to achieve a broad reach. So urban or rural, North, South East or West, you could put yourself at the centre of learning and change.

To find out more, visit the E-safety Live website

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on August 27, 2015 13:40

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