Safer Internet Day 2020 was celebrated around the world on Tuesday 11th February 2020. The global theme is ‘together for a better internet’ and this year in the UK we are putting the focus on how young people explore and express their identity online.
We have spent the week raising awareness about being safe when using the internet. Online safety for everyone is important, but online safety for young people of school age is crucial. Finding ways to warn of the dangers of invasive online activity is essential, but keeping abreast of the continually evolving online platforms can be a challenge.
Safer Internet Day tries to deliver an important message about keeping safe online in a fresh and inspiring way. Each class spent the week discussing a different issue relating to online safety.
Reception – Adventures of Smartie the Penguin
Year 1 – Digiducks Big Decision and how to be a good friend online
Year 2 – What will the children leave behind? What is a digital footprint and how can they ensure that theirs will be a good one?
Year 3 – Cyberbullying – Why it is important to think before you post and what does it mean to give consent?
Year 4 – Screen addiction – How much time do we spend online? What are the implications of spending too much time online?
Year 5 – Websites – Is everything that we see online true? The children in Year 5 have made their own website to explain how to stay safe.
Year 6 – Life streaming – what is it and what are the dangers? Year 6 also explored copyright and what implications there are to illegal downloading.
In addition, Years 3 and 4 also used resource from the ‘Think U Know’ website which follows the adventures of Alfie, Ellie and Sam as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help, they need to use it wisely and safely.
The aim of the film is to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe online. In particular, the films teach them to spot the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour by people they might meet online, and develops their confidence to respond safely and get help.
The children can play a fun interactive game called Band Runner that helps this age group learn how to stay safe from risks they might encounter online.
Please speak to your children about what they have been doing during the week, the internet plays such a big part in the lives of our children, let’s help them to make it a better place.
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