Online Safety Week.
All across the school children are learning about the important rule of telling someone trusted if they come across material online (in games, social networks or websites) that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Drawing on previous learning from our recent school-wide Devon Child Assault Prevention (CAP) workshops, the children are also making links with their knowledge of staying 'Safe, Strong and Free' not only on the internet (remembering their SMART rules) but also in the outside world in their everyday lives, whether it's at home, in school or in the park. Most importantly, the children are revisiting their golden rule- Tell someone.
Safer Internet Day 2017 was on 7th February.
This term’s E-Safety Week saw children across the school sharing their learning with each other; Year Six ran workshops for Year 3, explaining the importance of the SMART rules (keeping personal information safe, never meeting up with someone online, not accepting unknown messages, questioning how reliable information online can be, and making sure you tell someone if you come across something that makes you feel uncomfortable). Year 5 children created lovely E-Safety board games to play with each other and learn whilst they played! Children teaching children (otherwise known as ‘peer to peer’ teaching) is a highly effective way of enabling deep learning that is fun and meaningful.
The impact of E-Safety Week has been very clear. A great example was a child who came to ask about a strange text message he had received on a family phone from an unknown contact. Using his online safety learning he immediately blocked the number and sought advice from his teacher on what to do next. A fantastic result from a real life E-Safety incident that could happen to anyone! If you ever receive a text from someone you don’t know, or an email or text asking you to click on a link to enter your personal details, do not do it. You can find advice online at this great BBC education guide: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z9p9kqt/revision/1 and of course we are always happy to help and provide advice in school.
This month saw a wonderfully creative, innovative Parent Crafternoon all about Twitter and Online Safety. Twitter is an increasingly useful tool enabling us as a school to reach out to parents and community in an immediate way. However, Social Media can feel daunting and also poses risks and challenges. There was a great attendance from parents keen to find out more and explore the differences and similarities between web content and Twitter, and there was some great discussion.
We also explored Online Gaming with special reference to the excellent parent resource ‘Commonsensemedia.org’. A ‘Family Agreement’ on internet usage is now available (below) for parents to complete with their child. It is an excellent tool for maintaining an open and honest conversation about who uses the internet, for what and how often. This template is taken from the excellent http://www.childnet.com/ website which also holds lots of other great parent resources and information.
Next term our E-Safety Week will be focused on online-gaming. Many children will receive or get the chance to play the latest computer games over Christmas. Next term we will be supporting children and their families in understanding the risks of playing games on online, and will continue our on-going work with children throughout the year of getting them to think about appropriate content, their responsibilities to themselves, their family and each other, and above all- how to stay safe.
As parents you can support your child in staying safe online by having a quick look at some of these resources listed below. These websites have comprehensive information for parents and children as well as top tips and contact details should you have concerns or need further information.
http://www.pegi.info/en/index/ (this is the international film and games rating site – it explains the rationale and ratings bands for films and games).
Don’t forget, you can also talk to our Safeguarding Lead Mrs Full if you have any queries or concerns, or simply would like further information on helping you and your family stay safe online.