Safer Internet Day 2021 was on the 9th of February. After a much needed ‘screen break’ day with lots of non-tech activities, our School decided to celebrate safer internet day over four days. We wanted to make the most of learning about this important subject. The theme this year was: ‘An internet we trust – exploring reliability in the online world’.
Safer Internet Day inspires a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations getting involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Over the four days, children in all years groups participated in activities to help them learn about who or what to trust online and question what they see in the online world. Squirrel class got to know Digi-Duck and went on an adventure with him to discover that not everyone is being real online. Hedgehog class got to know ‘Super SID’ and discussed how to work out what is fact, opinion and spot false information. They then produced ‘fact files’ which had some true information and some false. They challenged each other to spot the false fact! Otter class communicated their ideas back to Mrs Lindow using Purple mash email and created posters with top tips on staying safe online.
We encouraged the whole family to get involved in the discussions. When asked about one thing they had learnt, we had lots of feedback including:
“Tell a grown up if he sees or hears anything he is unsure about or is approached by a stranger online” .- Toby’s family, Year 2
“Not everything on the internet is true and you must ask an adult to help figure out if it is true or not” – Elsie’s family, Reception
“Not to reply to emails/messages on a device from people they don’t know. Learnt whether to trust information when researching online” – Tilly’s family, Year 1