The Internet. As a bit of a geek I love the internet and think it is a wonderful tool to allow children to be creative and informed. I am a huge believer that children should be able to use the internet but believe E-Safety is of the upmost importance. As a primary school teacher I know many schools work hard to teach children these skills but I think there are lots of opportunities for parents to do the same at home. Safer Internet Day is an excellent opportunity to bring the topic into conversation at home. Safer Internet Day takes place globally in February every year to promote “the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people” and I love the theme for this year- Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.
If you have a look at the Safer Internet Day website you will find a great education pack for parents and carers with lots of ideas for the family including conversation starters, pledge cards and some links to some fun activities children can complete.
Here are some other ideas for what you and the family can do at home;
– make a short film about being safe on the internet. How about trying stop motion animation?
– use Scratch to program an interactive story about being safe on the internet.
– use junk modelling to design and make a Safer Internet Day mascot.
– put on a play showing how people can be safe on the internet. Invite family around to watch!?
– if you have a subscription to Twinkl they have a range of resources you could use including powerpoints and wordsearches!
If you do something for Safer Internet Day I would love to hear all about it!