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Safer Internet Day

Junior and Senior School pupils marked Safer Internet Day with a range of engaging activities focused on staying safe when online.

On 25 February there will also be a Senior School parents’ information evening on the use of social media, its potential abuse and tips to help support children and teenagers to have safer online experiences. The event will take place in Hallam Hall at 6pm and will be led by Ineqe, the company who run the school’s Online Safety Centre. Ineqe’s Chief Executive Officer is Jim Gamble, former head of CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency).

In Reception, the boys and girls watched ‘Buddy the Dog’s Internet Safety Story’. The Twinkl created resource, which focuses on the safe use of tablets and smartphones, helps teach young children how to use the internet safely via Ben and his pet dog Buddy.

The story initiates discussions about key online safety issues, such as not talking to strangers online, and there is a catchy song that helps reinforce key safety messages.

In a similar vein, Year One children read online safety story ‘The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin’. The story follows Smartie’s adventures as he learns how to be safe on the internet and covers issues such as pop-ups, in-app purchasing and cyberbullying.

In Year Two, pupils got creative for their Safer Internet Day activity as they worked in pairs and used iPads to make short films about how to use the internet safely.

Children in Years Three to Six discussed how to make use of the internet safely and, within their PSHE lessons, considered topics such as how to make friends online, how to keep your information safe and what to do if you are worried.

In an exciting new project, the children will also be given an opportunity to engage with a team from a creative agency to examine in greater detail the issues surrounding the use of technology.

The aim is to consider not just the risks and disadvantages, but also to focus on the benefits which technology can bring and to agree on ways in which we can harness its potential.

We also want to engage with parents so that, at the end of the process, we have something, whether website or app, which will help us all navigate our way through the complexities of modern life.

In the Senior School pupils listened intently in assembly as Deputy Head (Pastoral) Mrs Jo White spoke to pupils about e-safety and what happens to the information that people share online following this year’s theme of ‘Understanding Consent in a Digital World’.