“Angela is insightful, reliable and cheerful. It has been a pleasure to see how she has combined her experience as a mother with her IT expertise to make her a knowledgeable and empathetic trainer in e-safety. Whether she is delivering training to staff, volunteers or parents, she is always approachable, clear and friendly.
Angela has invested time and energy into attending many training courses and researched the latest advice to ensure her sessions are well informed, accurate and up to date. Her sessions are always enjoyable using a mixture of teaching methods to give the participants the opportunity to interact with others and ask questions that are relevant to them.
The feedback I have had from everyone who has attended one of her sessions has been that she has made the topic interesting and understandable. They go away equipped to make changes to ensure their children are safe on-line and recognising their vital role in setting age appropriate boundaries and openly discussing their children’s on-line use.
If you are looking for an e-safety trainer or advisor with a smile, I highly recommend Angela!”
– Manager, Southern Links Children’s Centre
“We asked Angela into our primary school because we were very concerned about children’s use of social media and the impact this was having on them. It appeared that parents; particularly where English was not their first language; were unaware of the risks to their children of social media.
Angela’s seminar was not only informative about the dangers of social media, but it gave parents what they wanted and needed – ways of keeping their children safe, with practical demonstrations as to how to do this on the electronic devises they have at home.
Angela’s style is friendly and approachable, while it is very clear that she knows what she is talking about! The fact that she too is a parent made parents appreciate that her knowledge comes from a genuine starting point of children’s on-line safety.
We will certainly ask Angela back in the future and can highly recommend her seminars for parents and carers in the primary school setting.”
– Learning Mentor & Family Support, St Barnabas CEVC Primary School
“Angela delivered an inspiring, interactive session to our volunteers (who support families with young children) on E Safety. By the end of the session volunteers felt more confident about what they needed to put in place to protect children and how to encourage open discussions with them about internet safety.”
– Scheme Manager, Home-Start Bristol
“The e-safety workshop is really informative. We were taught some great methods for protection from inappropriate materials, opening dialog with children and securing different kinds of devices. Angela makes the session interesting and very enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.”
– Project Worker, ASLEF Education
“Excellent content of where to go and get tools to help safeguard the home devices. Also reminds me to have another talk with the children about being safe on the internet – A reminder it’s always a good thing.”
– Mum of 2 (KS2 and KS3)
“I came away encouraged I had a good regime at home already but at the same time I had lots of new info that will be helpful in the future. Lots of open discussion with the participants made it interesting and educational.”
– Mum of 3 (KS2 and KS3)
“Very impressed with the level of information given which directs us as parents to where and who to report sensitive issues. And it enforces open communication with our children on the regular basis.”
– Mum of 4 (KS2 and KS3)
“I attended a Better Together Internet Safety Workshop, at Building For The Future in Wokingham, and was astounded by the quality of delivery and amount of material we managed to work through and discuss. There was lots of very useful information to protect my child when online. I thought I had sufficient protection in place at home but Angela showed us practical ways to protect all children further (including children with additional needs) and the importance above all of communication as a tool.
What really comes through is the passion of the presenter, she knows her stuff and knows how to connect with her audience, tailoring the workshop to the specific needs of the audience, and including discussion time so that we feel part of the workshop rather than being preached to.
Previous workshops I have attended have focused solely on why I should be scared of what is out there on the Web, Angela gives us practical advice and strategies we can take home and implement to help deal with the feeling that we don’t know what our children are being exposed to online.
I would recommend a Better Together Internet Safety Workshop to any adult concerned about keeping their loved ones safe online.”
– Mum of 3 (KS1, KS2 and KS3),
Attended a customised workshop delivered to parents/carers of children with additional needs
“I work in IT. So did I need to attend this? Would it tell me anything I didn’t already know?
Yes and yes.
The workshop is targeted at the parents of children with disabilities – in this case autism, and paid for by the Bristol branch of the National Autistic Society. But I think it would be suitable for pretty much any disability and probably good for pretty much any parent, disabled child or not.
The main lesson was that kids are going to go online so it’s best if you talk to them about it. Yes, there are bad things online. They are outweighed by far by the useful fun stuff. We talked about worries. We talked about the good stuff and we talked about what to do about the bad stuff. The time to talk about these things is before there’s a conflict and do the internet together.
You can set up parental controls on pretty much any gadget. Angela gave us the way to do it. Would you believe? There’s a website and you can report stuff you and your children find unacceptable. ”
– Treasurer, National Autistic Society – Bristol Branch
“Keeping children and young people safe online is a real worry for many parents. Those raising disabled children can be faced with further complex challenges around helping their child take advantage of the opportunities the internet offers, while ensuring they stay safeonline.
For this reason, as part of its Digital Skills Programme, Family Fund asked BetterTogether to deliver an internet safety workshop to parents and carers of children who attended a school for pupils with neurological conditions in South Yorkshire, and a further workshop to school staff.
Angela delivered two comprehensive workshops covering everything from social media and online bullying, through to how to set parental controls and reporting abuse. Both workshops were filled with practical guidance for parents and staff, and there was lots of lively discussion throughout. Angela tells her own story of being a parent, making it easy for other parents to relate to her experiences. Everyone left armed with plenty of useful ideas to try with their own children and we received 100% positive feedback from attendees.
We found Angela very easy to work with, she was flexible to our needs and able to adapt to our audience. We would be happy to work with BetterTogether again in the future.”
– Programme Support Manager, Family Fund (The UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people)