Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Globally, 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.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
This year we are using the day to inspire a kind, respectful and inclusive internet, and help raise awareness about the issue of online hate.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day at Eldon we had special assemblies for KS1 and KS2.
KS1 also ran a competition where children had to draw their favourite character from Hector's World. Where Hector and his friends learn how to use their computers safely.
We also did some Safer Internet Day activities in our Computing lessons.
We thought about how we communicate online and about:
how it feels to receive negative comments/positive comments and how feels to say them to people?
Would it be easier to say something mean online than face to face? Why is this?
What positive things can you do if someone is making mean comments online?”
We discussed dealing with differences online. We looked at some scenarios and online messages and used a reaction compass to say how it makes us feel and whether the post is kind to the person it has been sent to.
Then we spoke about the things you should do if you receive a message you don't like:
Tell an adult you trust
Save all the evidence so you can share it with an adult you trust
Report the messages to the service
Block the user so they cannot message you again
Never retaliate to hurtful messages as it is unlikely to make the person stop and could get you into trouble.
Year 6 used Post it notes to simulate the action of posting a comment online.
Photographs were put up in the corridor and children had to write a comment with their name and class so others could see who it has been sent by. This encouraged them to think about what they choose to say and how other people might see that. We also discussed what you would do if you saw negative comments online (e.g. tell an adult, report the comment, block the user, say something positive to support the person).
We printed the Safer Internet Day heart signs and filled them with positive statements/messages, what we love about the internet and things we can do to help make the internet a better place.