On Safer Internet Day, which took place on Tuesday 7th February 2017, the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board launched an exciting competition.

The theme for Safer Internet Day this year was ‘Be the Change: Unite for a better internet’, with a particular focus on the positive use of images and videos online.

The MKSCB is inviting children and young people from across Milton Keynes to produce a short video, aimed at parents and carers, which provides 5 top tips to help them to protect their own children and young people on the internet. The competition is open to anyone aged 5-17 across Milton Keynes, but entries must be submitted via a formal setting or organisation (e.g. a school, academy, youth group or faith setting).

The closing date for the competition is Friday 3rd March and winners will be notified no later than Friday 31st March 2017.

The winners will be provided with the opportunity to work alongside a local film producer to develop a brand new online safety resource, which will be hosted on the MKSCB website and used in the training of professionals across Milton Keynes. Further details about the competition (including the competition rules, entry forms and example letters for parents and carers) can be downloaded from the MKSCB website:

MKSCB Safer Internet Day Competition

The MKSCB has also produced two guides signposting to a wealth of information on filtering, monitoring and inclusive online safety education. The guides signpost to dedicated resources for use when working with children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, children who speak English as an additional language and lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. The guides can be found here:

MKSCB Safer Internet Day – Inclusive Online Safety Resources

MKSCB Safer Internet Day – Filtering and Monitoring

The MKSCB has also created new guidance to help local professionals respond to incidents of youth produced sexual imagery (‘sexting’). The new guidance can be downloaded by following the link below:

New Milton Keynes Guidance on Youth Produced Sexual Imagery