Safer Internet Day 2022
Safer Internet Day 2022 will be celebrated on 8th February with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.
About Safer Internet Day
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 is on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe
Reception - The children learned all about internet safety through sharing scenarios linked to familiar stories. The children talked about the technology that they access at home. We talked about the importance of an adult being nearby whilst using technology and the internet. We talked about how we would not talk to strangers in the street or the park so we would not talk to strangers on the internet. We also explored what we could do if something was upsetting us on the internet, such as someone being unkind. The children made lots of good suggestions such as
"Just ignore them" - Rosabella
"Tell my grown ups" - Clemmie
Learning Intention: To understand how to stay safe and be responsible when using the internet.
For Safer Internet day, Year 1 held a discussion about how to stay safe online. They were encouraged to talk about the technology that they access at home and the dangers that come with accessing the internet. The children were really knowledgeable in this area and knew that they should tell a trusted adult if they came across something that was unacceptable or made them feel uncomfortable online.
“A trusted adult can be any adult in your family or the grown-ups at school” (Pearl)
“If someone adds you on a game, you must not accept unless it is your friend or family.” (Louie)
“If a stranger tries to talk to you on your game, you need to go and tell your mum.” (Isabella V-H)
“If there are unkind people saying nasty things you need to tell your trusted adult” (Buddy)
After the initial discussion, the children listened to the story ‘Detective Digiduck’ where they were encouraged to use their thumbs to say whether the information that Digiduck found was true, false or opinion. Through this, they were able to identify that not all information we read on the internet is true. They suggested some pretty useful ways of figuring out whether information is true.
“You can use a non-fiction book because they are facts” (Isabel F)
“You can use your brain because if it says that birds are bigger than a building you know that it is false” (Joseph)
“You can ask an expert about the thing you are learning about” (Cerys)
Finally, we came up with our very own ‘kinder internet’ spell. The children were able to come up with 5 ingredients to make the internet a kinder space and promised that they would always keep these in mind when accessing the internet.
By the end of the session, the children were able to confidently discuss how to stay safe on the internet/technology and what to do in different scenarios.
LI: To understand how to stay safe when using the internet.
For Safer Internet Day, Year 2 looked at ways to stay safe when using the internet or any form of technology. We read 'Digiduck’s Big Decision' (Digiduck was going to send a funny photo of someone to his friends, but realised this wasn't a good choice' and spoke about the different scenarios in the story that could lead to problems in every day life. For example the children said
"If someone says something unkind on the Playstation I block them and tell my mum".
"I would ignore people being unkind."
"Digiduck would be lonely if he is unkind to his friends".
"Other people might not find your joke funny and might see it as cyber bullying"
"I would tell a grown up and they can help me."
"My mum and dad have special settings on my ipad so I only go on certain things".
"If you're unkind on the internet, people might not want to be your friend in real life and play at school."
The children then spoke about different apps they go on at home, and we spoke about how to stay safe on them. Many apps are for 13 year olds, but many children go on with older siblings etc. We spoke about a list of rules when using certain apps
- Don't use your real name.
- Don't give out personal information such as your school and where you live.
- Don't meet people from the internet that you don't know.
- Don't open or accept anything you arent sure of.
- Tell someone if something makes you worried, uncomfortable or scared.
The children were given various scenarios and were encouraged to think of ways to overcome the problems. See the below document for examples.
By the end of the lesson, the children were able to discuss how to stay safe on the internet and what to do in certain situations.
In Year 4, we discussed what the internet was and how it can be used. Together we made a list of positives and negatives of the internet, which included research benefits, ordering online, gaming and remote learning. Whilst also highlighting unkindness that can occur.
We further discussed the importance of safely using the internet. We discussed why our own privacy is important and what could happen if we placed our personal details and passwords online.
We looked at different scenarios where children had become victim to bullying and trolling on online platforms and discussed what we should do if someone who we knew or didn't know were consistently unkind to us online.
The children created their own posters to raise awareness of online abuse and what to do if you find yourself in a position such as this.
On Safer Internet Day 2022, Year 5 looked at a range of scenarios they could encounter when online. We discussed how we could deal with these situations. Children spoke about how they had in fact been in some of these situations in real life. We conducted a quiz. The quiz had three options. We each selected the one we thought would be the safest way to deal with the situation. For each situation, we had a vote and debated why the other options might not be the best choice. We scored our results at the end to see if we would always make the best choices. Most of the class scored 10/10 - proving we know how to keep ourselves safe when online.