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Safer Internet Day 2020

Safer Internet Day is a yearly event and takes place on Tuesday 11th February 2020. It is a global event designed to help children stay safe online, and use the internet responsibly, empowered by knowledge and skills. Every year, millions of school children all over the world take part, learning vital information about ways to stay safe online, and how to best manage their internet and screen use. In recent years, more emphasis has been placed on being kind to others online, as well as balancing screen time with other off-line activities.

There are loads of ways that schools can take part in Safer Internet Day, and this should be tailored specifically to the needs of your children. If you’re aware that there have been incidents of cyberbullying then make that your focus, or if you know that children are playing and watching games that are not age-appropriate – then focus on that. There is no “one size fits all”, but here at Kapow Primary, we’ve got some useful resources and ideas for Safer Internet Day to make it fun, informative and beneficial for all – dip in and out, or use it all!

One of the most important things you can do is to simply open up conversations about online use, rather than telling children what they should and shouldn’t do – working together to make the internet a safer, kinder and better place for all. Doubtless, the internet is here to stay, and rather than ban children outright, we should teach them to use it with care, kindness and consideration.

 

We have created a lesson called “Be Kind Online” to help children understand and learn about online behaviour and the effect that unkind words can have on others. Both children and adults are far more likely to say something unkind to someone online than they would in person, and so it’s important to have discussion and role-play around this, to help bring online behaviour into context. You could also read the article and watch this video from the BBC about the experiences of Jesy Nelson from Little Mix and her issues with cyberbullying. Follow this with our Cyberbullying Lesson as a way to consolidate learning.

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It’s worth pointing out to children that not everything they read or hear online is true – and our Fake Emails Lesson is a useful way of exploring this.

You can also teach our Stay Safe Online Lesson to really explore what it means – in depth – to be safe online. There is also more information on the NSPCC website including some useful and child-friendly videos.

Other lesson ideas for Safer Internet Day:

  • Use our Inaccurate Information Online Lesson to help children learn that not everything we read online is necessarily true.
  • Role-play a cyberbullying incident, including hot seating.  What does it feel like to the the victim or perpetrator?  What leads people to act in that way?
  • Watch the NSPCC video “I saw your Willy” and discuss how this helps us to understand online safety.
  • Help children explore online friendships with our Making Friends Online Lesson.
  • Use the resources in our Online Safety Toolkit below – including the KS1 and KS2 Safer Internet Day Discussion Prompts PowerPoints and worksheet.

To help support teachers in helping to keep children safe online, we have created a FREE online safety toolkit for primary school teachers to use both on Safer Internet Day and more generally. Really, online safety should be an ongoing conversation that happens all year round – though obviously it’s good to bring it to everyone’s attention in a larger way on Safer Internet Day.

Our FREE Online Safety Toolkit contains:

  • Ks1 Safer Internet Day discussion prompts PowerPoint.
  • Ks2 Safer Internet Day discussion prompts PowerPoint.
  • Safer Internet Day participation certificates.
  • Online safety posters – for your computing suite or classroom.
  • An online safety worksheet.

Use this, together with the resources listed above, to have the best Safer Internet Day ever!

Get your FREE online safety toolkit here!

Written by:
Kapow Primary