Safer Internet Week – update

We are half the way through the week and have had some great discussions with Year 3 and 4 children about Internet safety.

Many children in these year groups are using games, websites and apps that involve playing with other (unknown) Internet users and a lot of children say they have had nasty messages and people asking questions.  Their response to this has been mostly sensible – blocking users or pressing a “report” button – fewer said that they told their mum or dad….

Are you aware of the range of games, websites and apps that your children are using and the potential to share images or for contact with other Internet users?

The following websites contain some really useful information about different apps, age guidelines, what to look out for as well as other ideas like how to set up children’s phones and devices to protect them.

Internet matters

NSPCC Net Aware

Common sense media

Safer Internet Day

Today’s assembly was introducing this year’s Safer Internet Day theme:  Be the change:  Unite for a better Internet.

We thought about the great tools we use on the Internet to enjoy and be creative.  Many of these tools include the option of uploading images.  We talked about how we should think carefully about the pictures we take, asking permission to take and share pictures of other people and being careful not to give away personal information.

This week’s Computing lessons will be about being safe online – a good opportunity to discuss with your children the apps that they use and how we can work together to keep them safe.

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