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Safer Internet Day, February 2022

‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.

Safer Internet Day 2022 was on 8th February and had the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

In Year R children have been learning about using the Internet safely. They listened to a story about "Buddy the dog" and his owner Ben. Buddy sings a song to Ben to help remind him how to keep safe when using the Internet at home. The children really enjoyed joining in with the song which helped to reinforce an important message about keeping safe online.

In Year 1 we discussed how being unkind has its consequences, how we shouldn’t overshare photos and how we shouldn’t click on buttons we don’t know online. We also talked about which things we should keep private such as our personal information about where we live and what school we go to. We then made posters about how to keep safe online and reminders of how we need to talk to adults if we’re not sure about something when we are on the Internet.

In Year 2 the children have talked about how to stay safe online and as well as some other activities they have made Internet safety posters.

In Year 3, the children have been focusing on keeping safe on the Internet and particularly on sharing their personal information online and when gaming. The children used role play to act out different scenarios and/or discussed guidelines to keep others safe.

 

Year 4 read a story called #Goldilocks- A hashtag Cautionary Tale. This is a story where Goldilocks shares pictures of herself and her pets online. However, she wants to get more likes and thinks her pictures are a bit boring so she decides to spice her pictures up and shares photos of her breaking into the three bears' house. When the bears come back, she realises she has been unkind and as a consequence she has to restore their house to how it was before.

The children dramatised the story and discussed the implications of sharing photos online.

 

As a year group we have also explored the 'Think U Know' website which also helps them to understand how to be safe online.