Schoolchildren in Plymouth have been learning how to keep safe on the internet with a range of activities on Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 5 January 2019).
Safer Internet Day is led by the UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, the Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning, (SWGfL) – with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.
The aim of the day, which supports the wider ICT National Curriculum, is to teach children how to use technology safely and respectfully, keep personal information private, and identify where schoolchildren and their families can go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet.
Among the local schools taking part is Weston Mill Community Primary Academy, who held an assembly on the day to teach pupils about consent online. They key points about consent are:
- If something makes you worried, uncomfortable or upset it’s always okay to say no.
- If you’re sure you’re happy with what will happen next then it’s okay to say yes.
- If what you’re doing online might affect somebody else, always ask their permission first.
- If you’re unsure or need further support then speak to an adult for help and advice.
Weston Mill also posted messages throughout the day through their Twitter account @DiscoveryMAT. The day is also being supported by Plymouth Safeguarding Children’s Board, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, who promoted internet safety messages through their web and social media channels.
Lucy Carpenter from Weston Mill Community Primary Academy, said: “The children have been making posters and pledges about how they can make the internet a better and safer place, and we will also hold an assembly about online consent. In the assembly, we looked at what happens when children may be asked for permission on websites and apps, what happens to their personal information online, and how they can affect other people online such as their friends, when they post things online without their permission.”
Andy Bickley, Independent Chair of Plymouth Safeguarding Children’s Board said: “As a Safeguarding Board we are committed to ensuring the safety of our children and young people in Plymouth and with more and more young people having smartphones and tablets, keeping them safe when they’re online is increasingly important.”
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People for Plymouth City Council said: “I am really impressed with the work some of our local schools are doing around keeping children and young people safe online. Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to remind children and young people about the importance of consent to putting any information about themselves or others online, and that it’s always ok to ask an adult such as a parent, carer or teacher, if they are unsure about something they’re doing online.”
Find out more about keeping your children safe on the internet:
Devon and Cornwall Police: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/parenting/protecting-your-child-online/
UK Safer Internet Centre: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019
You can also search the hashtag #SaferInternetDay2019 on social media