Safer Internet Day 2016

Today is Safer Internet Day 2016, this year the day has the theme “Play your part for a better internet!”

SID2016 is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre as part of today hundreds of organisations are getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for both children and young people.

Here is some information about today taken from the Safer Internet Centre website:

“Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

“The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!”

(Source: www.saferinternet.org.uk)

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Locally, the Not in or Community Campaign is marking the day by using technology to hold an online link-up, that will help young people to protect themselves and friends online against sexual exploitation.

Not in or Community are working with secondary schools in Hull and the East Riding to hold their event, and this is the first of its kind. This event will take place from 11 am on Friday 18th March.

To find out more about the Not in our Community Campaign visit their website at www.notinourcommunity.org.

 

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Sooo… This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week. 10% of the UK’s population is Dyslexic (Yes I am 1 of that 10%). The theme of this week is ‘Making Sense of Dyslexia’.

What is Dyslexia? 

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the ability to learn to read and spell. It often runs in families and stems from a difficulty in processing the sounds in words. – Dyslexia Action

Check out this video from Fixers UK about one young person helping other young people with Dyslexia:

Dyslexia is not the same for everyone, it ranges in types and forms such as being mild or severe. Dyslexia is not related to someone’s intelligence and also is not caused by visual difficulties. There are many ways for someone with Dyslexia to manage this, but it can always be felt in times of stress or new situations.

The best way to approach Dyslexia or help someone who has Dyslexia is to understand it and not treat it as a barrier.

There are loads of signs that someone may be dyslexic, and these can vary depending on age. Dyslexia Action have put together a great resource that lists everything you need to know about Dyslexia and this can be found here.

This great Daily Mail article also shows you what its like to be Dyslexic, check it out here.

The best way to help, is to understand.