Telecoms firm O2 has announced a tie-up with the non-profit agency DigitalMe to co-develop an e-safety programme for schools. The Safe programme consists of practical activities to develop young people’s skills and safety awareness when using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The programme was originally developed with support from the Nominet Trust and has already engaged more than 3,000 schools.
Through the Safe programme, children, aged 7 and upwards, learn the competencies needed to stay safe when using the internet. Schoolchildren learn how to set up a safe social profile and learn about connecting, online commenting and copyright issues. Students work with the use of a secure, moderated online community and are rewarded for successfully completing digital projects with Open Badges.
Digital skills are quickly becoming as important as reading, writing or maths for students. Through the Safe programme, O2 said it will support schools in teaching the building blocks of staying safe online. The Safe programme also provides resource for parents on online safety practices at home.
Tracey Herald, head of Think Big Youth Programmes at Telefónica UK, told Mobile that O2 has a heritage in helping young people to hone their 'innate digital skills'.
'Through this partnership we hope to support thousands of schools across the UK and therefore help more children and young people feel more confident in the digital world.'