Tuesday 5th February marked Safer Internet Day 2019. From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. This year’s theme was ‘Together for a better internet’.
Tuesday 5th February marked Safer Internet Day 2019. From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. This year’s theme was ‘Together for a better internet’. All children will have an assembly about how to stay safe online and communicate effectively. Please remember to discuss any concerns with your child about staying safe online and take time to talk to your children about what they have been learning. For more information you can visit:
Early Years: In Early Years, we talked about different ways we use technology. Many of the children talked about playing on their tablet and watching YouTube. Together, we read a story called Smartie the Penguin written by Childnet. The story is about a penguin who gets a new tablet for his birthday. During the story, Smartie is faced with problems and as a class, we had to solve them. The main question the children had to answer was what would you do if something went wrong whilst using things like a tablet, computer or phone? The children all thought the right thing to do would be to ask for help from a trusted grown-up. The children also enjoyed learning an E-Safety song:
Before you tap and click…
You need to stop and think…
And TELL someone!
Year 1: We welcomed Emmanuel Davis into both Sparrow and Starling class! Mr Davis taught us all about the internet, how it works and how information is sent. We learnt that the internet is a very sticky web that you can easily post things onto, but impossible to get back. He explained the importance of being careful with our passwords and that not everything on the internet is real and true. We also learnt that stranger danger also exists on the internet. Thank you Mr Davis.
Year 2: For Safer Internet Day, children in Year 2 were treated to an interesting and engaging workshop by Mr Davis, a computer engineer. The children learned all about what the internet is and how it works as well as some key internet safety messages such as never talk to strangers and always ask the permission of an adult when using the internet. Children also learned about how to behave responsibly online through following the principles of the acronym THINK (True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind). Thank you Mr Davis!
Year 3: The children were thinking about the signs they experience when they have been online for too long. They had to think about signs from the world around them and signs from their own body.
We then looked at finding a healthy balance between online and offline activities and thinking about how to respond to the signs when they feel when they have been online for too long. For example, taking a break, having a snack, going outside etc.
Year 4: We spoke about permission both online and offline. We learnt about legislation and why big companies have to ask our parents’ permission before they collect information on us, as well as other ways websites can collect information (such as cookies). We discussed that there are things that we will sometimes do to appease our friends but we need to think about our own happiness first. We then spoke about ways we can ensure that a situation is resolved with both ourselves and our friends being happy at the end of it.
Year 5: We spent Internet Safety Day looking at how financially smart they were about smart phones. Who does pay for the additional extras on games and is it real money anyway? What happens after the ‘free trial’ runs out and what exactly is a subscription?
Year 6: We explored how information presented on websites is often unreliable. We looked at ways to verify factual information using special functions in search engines. We found it very interesting that not all information on the internet can be trusted which will help us to keep safe going forward.