Some of you may have seen an item on Breakfast News this morning about Safer Internet Day. Over the next week or so your children will be made aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and what to do if they should ever feel unsure about something.
The following information below is from Mrs Barnhouse to give you a bit more information about this:
Tuesday 7th February is Safer Internet Day, with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. Staying safe is something we all need to be aware of at any age, whether it’s crossing the road, driving a car or using the internet. The Internet is an amazing tool that impacts on our daily life so it’s important that we educate our children to be aware of both the benefits and the dangers of the World Wide Web. It is important our children build an awareness of how to deal with situations when they arise, especially if it is something that makes them feel uncomfortable. It is important children feel they can talk freely and communicate about what they do online to ensure any problems aren’t hidden away. This might be something from opening a pop-up and worrying about causing a software virus to seeing hurtful comments being made in a group chat or on a social networking site.
What can you do this Safer Internet Day?
At some point over the next two weeks your child will be learning about online safety. This will be differentiated to their year group. Please encourage your child to talk about what they have learnt so we can all share the message about how to stay safe online. We also have a dedicated section on our website in ‘Children’ called ‘Keeping Safe Online’.
Below you will find links to the resources used by each year group. These resources have either come from https://www.saferinternet.org.uk or https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk and are age-appropriate.
Enjoy Safer Internet Day!
Helpful Information for Parents and Carers
- What apps and games does your child use? Find out more about them and their safety settings here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety
- Being pestered about buying the latest computer game? Not sure what it’s all about? Use http://www.pegi.info/en/index/ to find out about the Pegi ratings and what to expect in the game with clear, easy to follow symbols
- Find out more information for yourself and for your children at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- Look for this symbol if you need to make a report about something that makes you feel worried or unsafe online.
Resources for children
EYFS – Lee and Kim Animal Magic booklet – Staying Safe Online https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Global/parents/5/Lee_and_Kim_Storybook.pdf
Year 1 - Staying safe online - sharing what you're doing online with a parent/carer.
Smartie the penguin Year 1 Story. Read along and ask questions with children http://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin
Year 2 - Staying safe online - Digiduck's Big Decision (book). What would you do to help Digiduck?
Year 3/4 – What is cyberbullying? What would you say in the real world v the online world?
Years 5/6 - desensitisation - comparing the real world to the online world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o8auwnJtqE