Safer Internet Day: Together for a better internet
The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
EYFS and KS1
The children shared the story ‘Zap and Zoom Go Online’. Zap was asked to enter his real name during the game. Zap wasn’t sure so he asked his dad for help. Dad was happy that Zap had asked and explained what personal information was and that we should never give away personal information when you don’t know who is asking for it.
Year R talked about some of the technology used by the children at home ahead of sharing the story. The children then reflected on what they had learnt from the story.
‘You have to ask your mum or dad before going on their phone.’
‘Tell your mummy or daddy’ (when a box pops up on the screen).
Here are some of the posters that Year 1 children made to show what they had learnt on Safer Internet Day.
Year 2 children reflected on the messages discussed on Safer Internet Day.
‘We need to be safe because people might find out information about us.’
‘You should never share personal information with others.’
‘If you know someone online it is ok to talk with them.’
‘You need to make sure you don’t talk with someone you don’t know. They could be anyone.’
‘You just need to ask someone for help if you are not sure about something.
The children in KS2 thought about the choices they make online to help them understand consent in a digital world. The children considered different scenarios to help them understand their choices online and when they should be seeking or giving consent.
Year 4 explored three different dramas which all gave a different message about using the internet and permission.
In scene one the children showed us how not getting consent to put someone’s photograph on the internet made one character feel very upset. They rectified this by re-playing the scene and getting permission.
Scene two demonstrated how inviting a friend that you may know into a group without asking permission from the other members of that group can result in a lot of upset. We talked through the scene and made sure that permission was asked before the friend joined.
Scene three led us to discuss how, when you’re in a game and requests pop up for you to pay for gems etc., that you must always ask permission from the person who is paying for your app or game. The mum in our scene was busy on the phone at the time so we decided that the character should have waited rather than going on and buying the gems!
The children reflected on what they had learnt on Safer Internet Day.
' I have learned to be even more aware of my protection and personal details. Have permission.'
'I have learned you absolutely never give out your details to anyone you don't know. It's very dangerous.'
'I learned that I must not speak to people I don't know and tell someone if something pops up! If I do I can either block, delete or tell a responsible grown up! (You need permission) to enter competitions.'
'It's always okay to say no.' (when someone asks for your permission to share something about you)
In addition to discussions around consent online Year 6 consider whether primary aged children should be allowed to use Whatsapp. Here are some of their arguments for and against:
''Most people believe it is safe because if you text someone your recent text is private and only opened with a password of your choice.'
'More and more underage children download Whatsapp as a way to communicate with mates but sometimes get hacked and have unwanted fallings out with them.'
'There is no report button, only a block, so if there is an anonymous person texting you tell an adult or teacher you can trust.'
'Others think it is perfectly fine; they say it is just like having your normal contacts, but in an app.'