26th June 2022
On Wednesday 22nd June, parents both from King Edward’s as well as from local prep and primary schools attended the final ‘Bridewell Talk’ of our series this year, held in our Chapel. The evening was the last of the three ‘Bridewell Talks’ this academic year, each of which was designed to share ideas and focus on spotlighting mental and physical wellbeing. It followed two inspirational talks from Double Olympic Silver Medallist Jazz Carlin who spoke about the importance of mental well-being which was held at King Edward’s in September and the second ‘Bridewell Talk’ held at our partner school Barrow Hills in March entitled ‘Happy mind + healthy body = healthy child’ with Fiona Hayers, nutritional therapist and health coach, and Monique Parker, nutritional therapist. To round off the series of successful talks, Karl Hopwood, independent e-safety expert, visited King Edward’s to give an excellent, insightful presentation on child internet safety.
Karl is an ex primary school teacher and Trustee of Childnet, who works closely with children, young people, parents and teachers to develop safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy. A member of UKCIS (UK Council for Internet Safety), Karl also sits on the Advisory Board for the UK Safer Internet Centre and the Education Advisory Board for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
Speaking to the parents, Karl included a mix of valuable and practical solutions and research all of which was based on three key questions:
1. What are children and young people doing when they go online?
2. What are the real risks that they face (as opposed to the risks that the media tell us that children face – what is most likely to affect our children)?
3. Solutions – a mixture of technical and practical solutions for use by parents (and teachers).
Naturally, there were lots of questions at the end from members of the audience all of who enjoyed the talk finding it enlightening, useful and valuable. It certainly made the audience reflect on e-safety and as Karl left to catch a train back to London, there were lots of discussions taking place.
Please click here to download the resource pack.