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Simfin

esafety and digital citizenship specialist

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Bringing #TechThat Education Technology Conference to an amazing end in a way that only he can . . . the ‘king of uncomfortable truths’

The Digital Citizenship session has given me the information needed to develop my skills more with regard to social media and how young people can be affected by it. I feel more confident in being able to discuss issues surrounding this subject now.

I feel this is the best and most relevant information I have received so far within staff development.

Our Y6 children found today's online safety session with @simfin informative, interesting and fun. "It was great. I know what I need to do to stay safe online." (Pupil)

You set conference history on Friday... first time ever that any presenter has ever got 5 out of 5 on every single delegate feedback form... that is an amazing achievement to receive such universal praise. Some were even writing 6's onto their sheets!!!

@simfin thank you for a powerful and thought provoking presentation today. Wish you had been given longer! #E2BNsafety

A fantastically amusing, but more importantly informative, talk from @simfinuk at the #e2bnsafety conference today. Really puts things into the forefront of my mind.

Engaging, informative and absolutely outstanding speaker! Hit the nail on the head today and really got me thinking.

Thank you for a well received presentation at last Friday's ICT for Education conference in Newcastle. Inspirational, entertaining and informative!

Simfin has a track record of providing excellent e-safety advice and training. Simon also has a superb presentation style, and you are missing out if you haven't been to one of his sessions - we always have something to learn, and Simon always finds something, and some way, to teach us.

As computing coordinator at a special school, with many vulnerable pupils, Simfin is my go to place for up to date, straight talking, clear information on esafety and safeguarding. Highly recommend anyone involved in education to follow this page and if you need training and information, Simfin is your man!

Sensational performance Simon. Excellent feedback from delegates.

I could have stayed to listen all day

Many thanks. Have had lots of positive feedback already from other members of staff who found your training very hard hitting but useful.

Could I just say on behalf of myself and my head teacher a huge thank you for delivering the e-safety training on Wednesday night.

One staff member sent me an email to say: "Can I just say how much I enjoyed the training, I thought it was so engaging and relevant. That's the first time I've come out of an e safety training and actually felt directly effected."

I feel the training was definitely relevant.

We had an informative, balanced, entertaining e-safety update today. Not often you can use all those words in one sentence.

Awesome training session from Simon Finch last night on digital literacy and citizenship, at the langdale centre! So well delivered and engaging!

Humour throughout did not undermine content. Information engaged group in a seemingly 'stream of consciousness' way so that it felt natural and accessible.

I really enjoyed it. It should be a TED talk.

Excellent session today. Simon's delivery of what includes some difficult subject matter was highly engaging. Many thanks and much appreciated.

Great session today for parents and teachers. Certainly made me stop and think. Many thanks

Nothing like I expected. I've had basic online training awareness in the past but nothing like this. Well presented, funny, thought provoking and interesting.

'Best thing I did, signing up to this page. Thank you for the steady stream of advice.'

I just wanted to say a huge thanks for the workshop this afternoon, the feedback from parents was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We would like to invite you back again in the summer term.

Fab session today at West Park Academy! Thank you so much Simon. I've shared your FB page with parents and added a note to try and encourage people to read your page to educate themselves and their children. Thank you again :-)

Great cpd tonight(again) by @simfin. Can't speak highly enough, really opens eyes to digital literacy and how important it is in schools

Great presentation tonight from @simfin to make people think.. The Jack Dee of online safety ;-)

Absolutely fantastic training! Every teacher, parent, young person and everyone in contact with young people should have this training!

I've not met anyone who speaks about online safety in a more meaningful, thoughtful and powerful way than @simfin

@simfin thanks for a great session tonight Simon! Lots to think about and some ideas we can implement almost immediately!

@simfin fantastic Elearning course Tues eve. Was looking forward to it like a hole in the head but you were amazing! Very impressive :-)

Thanks Simon, for a fabulous talk tonight. Rare to have a hall full of teachers after 5pm wanting more! Passionate & eloquent.

Thank you for your tremendous contribution to last Friday's ICT for Education conference in Newcastle.

Brilliant talk from @simfin - thought provoking and engaging from beginning to end. Such an important topic.

..Training first thing on a Monday morning... full of yawns and regrets as it was lovely and sunny outdoors... however Simon made the training interesting, engaging and most of all relevant to the work I do :-) 

Most important and inspirational workshop today - digital citizenship @simfin #casneconf

I enjoyed the delightfully uncomfortable nature of your workshop.

Thanks for your great work with our year 9 today. A very clear message delivered superbly. Excellent feedback from students.

Very interesting & thought provoking session by @simfin on Digital Citizenship. Never heard staff request "more E-safety training" before!

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with all of us this week. It has gone really well and you have been a welcome addition to our school!

Simon delivered another fantastic training session for our Providers and the feedback received is excellent.

the most comprehensive, contemporary resource I've come across, love the design too :-)

I'm one of the y8 pupils and I just wanted to say thank you, your slides were really good and when I got home I deleted my other facebook account and made a new one with only REAL friends, I have started to focus on people I am Really friends with, that was the best E-safety speech I've heard 

Once again thank you for your presentation... I have had some really positive feedback so far from staff. Your key messages have certainly given them something to reflect upon.

I wanted to say a huge thank you for organising and delivering the fantastic E Safety lessons to our Year 7 pupils. Everyone was engaged and the materials/resources were perfect for our pupils.

I thought it was absolutely brilliant. What a breath of fresh air.

I thought it was one of the best (entertaining, informative) sessions we have ever had at Senior Staff Forum. He so clearly is very knowledgeable with regards to the subject area & presented extremely well.

One of the best (esafety) workshops I have seen at #pelc10 – jam packed full of ideas discussions and great videos.

Thanks again for the positive contribution you have made again to one of our events.. you always add a creative and thought provoking addition to our work

Thank you again for your brilliant presentation – I have already received some excellent feedback from staff

Having received feedback from both staff and pupils, I am delighted that they all enjoyed it very much, felt the content was excellent, and would like to see this repeated in the future if possible.

a superb session with @simfin and my year 13s about online identity. Very engaging and thought provoking!!"

I have heard nothing but positive comments from staff at all the levels in the room, such as:

  • "the guy was fantastic"
  • "excellent presenter, excellent presentation"
  • "as a parent of teenagers, this was priceless free advice - brilliant"

Thanks for the session – it was excellent with all in attendance buzzing and they were significantly informed about the issues without being unduly alarmed.

The feedback was excellent, our young people expressed the opinion that it was on a level that was suited to them and gave them an extra awareness of the dangers and pitfalls. Simon comes over as enthusiastic and passionate on the subject.

..on behalf of the Art Department, thank you for a very informative & entertaining – at times worrying – training session.

The level of student engagement in what could have been a boring topic spoke volumes about the level of commitment Simon has for this important element of their education.