On Tuesday 6th February, Wellgate supported Safer Internet Day (SID) by taking part in a range of activities and discussion around staying safe online. As we all know, the internet is a fascinating tool that can provide children with a wealth of knowledge if used positively. However, the safety of children online is becoming a concern. Taking part in SID gives us the opportunity to open us these discussions, and we will continue to build on this across the curriculum when using a range of technology.
As the computing coordinator, I was blown away by some of the brilliant ways that the children presented their learning. In Key Stage 1 the children discussed how to be a secret agent online by concealing their private information, using nicknames and not accepting friend requests from people they do not know. They painted their feet! Why you may ask? Year 2 explored the term ‘digital footprint’ and how what you post online can remain there forever and be shared or viewed by millions of people.
In Key Stage 2, the children carried out an array of activities: writing acrostic poems; using comic strips to look at online scenarios and how to solve problems; the use of reporting and blocking features; and some children even wrote their own internet safety song. Y6 made a Positive You Tube Playlist and discussed the types of videos that are appropriate. As a class, they also developed a Bill of Rights. Could you create a set of family rules to be followed at home and discuss how you could support your children to stay safe online?
Across school, all of the children made a pledge; something which they promise to do online. These included not giving away their passwords, names and addresses online; only adding people that they know in ‘real life’; and watching age appropriate videos. Could you make a family pledge?
Watch out for the safer internet day displays around school to see this fantastic work on show.
Here are some links that we thought you might find useful:
Take a look at the Safer Internet Day website for more information, videos, top tips and resources that you could use at home. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018
How to set up filters to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
Advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices.
A wide range of resources and general advice as well as advice about particular websites and social media platforms.