The internet is becoming an increasingly significant part of young people’s lives, and although it is undeniably a great resource for learning, unsafe use can pose risks. At Larkhill Primary School, we believe that education is crucial to making sure that our pupils are able to use the internet safely. On Safer Internet Day, we will continue to teach children about the threats and dangers they may experience while online.
Every year, new statistics demonstrate the risks that unsupervised and unrestricted children face online. Here are some of the most alarming:
- Almost 1 in 4 young people has come across racist or hate messages online.
- Around 1 in 8 has been bullied on social media.
- 1 in 4 children has experienced something upsetting on a social networking site.
- There were more than 12,000 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online issues in 2017.
Safer Internet Day is a global event that is coordinated in the UK by the UK Internet Safety Centre, a partnership whose mission is “to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people”. This year’s campaign is being run with the slogan “Together for a better internet”, a call to action for people to work together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, especially younger users.
Early years foundation stage and key stage 1 will be basing their activities around the e-book Digiduck whilst lower key stage 2 will be using Troll Stinks. In upper key stage 2 the children will be producing a powerpoint about safe and responsible use of social media which they will share with the school. Work will be shared in assembly and on our online safety board. Our Digital Leaders will be supporting classes with their activities and helping to promote the event in school.
Furthermore, James Summerson, lead ICT teacher at The White Horse Federation, will be supporting school through an online safety presentation for parents.
Our computing lead, Claire Jarvis, said: "The school has been promoting online safety through computing lessons and the children have a good understanding of how to stay safe. Our main focus is around responsibility when using social media and digital footprints".
Although Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, our efforts to ensure the online safety of our pupils continue throughout the year. All members of staff are involved in encouraging safe online practices, and we are determined to prevent any of our pupils from being at risk.