Welcome back everyone!
To kickstart the year, it's a pleasure to have Karen Spencer, Director of Education at Netsafe come and join us on Tuesday afternoon, 7th February, 3.45 in an informal Google Hangout to celebrate Safer Internet Day. As the website reads,
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, the day is an opportunity for people, schools, industry and organisations to unite together to raise awareness and start conversations about online safety.
Karen will be our guest sharing the latest developments from Netsafe - that can help schools manage and maintain safer Internet practices at school and beyond. Please feel free to register your interest here or simply turn up on the afternoon in the dedicated Google Hangout. This session will also be recorded for those who can't attend on the day.
We'd love to have your participation too! So, in terms of online safety at your school, what's on top for you? Feel free to add your queries/questions/issues in the comments box below and we'll aim to address these on the day.
Netsafe is an independent not for profit organisation with an unrelenting focus on online safety. They provide help and expertise for educators about a range of topics including digital citizenship, online bullying, abuse and harassment. Visit netsafe.org.nz/advice/education for online safety tips, tools and advice or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
If it isn't too much of a distraction I'd be keen to have a discussion around net neutrality how the new American president might be able to influence net neutrality.
Please Note: Google Hangouts on air/Youtube streaming only gives you a permalink 15-30 minutes or so before the live event is scheduled to start. Unfortunately up until then, the link keeps changing so the actual link will be posted in the VLN and Twitter closer to 3pm. Keep an eye out for this.