Staying Safe Online Poster Competition 2017
We recently announced the winners of our school’s eSafety poster competition.
Congratulations to Yomna, the KS2 winner, and Isabel, the KS1 winner. All entrants received a certificate and the winners each received a Polaroid hand-held video recorder!
Check out the winning entries:
Kidsmart.org.uk is an online resource for children, dedicated to improving eSafety and educating children in how to stay safe online and use the Internet effectively. They have resources covering a variety of topics:
Safe searching: Kidsmart gives top tips, including how to use search engines efficiently, for example by ensuring the search term is clear and specific. It also notes that not all content on the Internet is reliable. Anybody can create a website that says anything they choose. In the classroom, I always advocate for children to compare different sources and consider how the opinion of the writer may affect what was been written.
Digital footprints: It is important that children understand the fact that every time they use the Internet, they leave a trail of information of where they have been. Once a picture is uploaded onto a public website, it is impossible to then remove the picture from the Internet. Children should also be aware that everything they search for on the Internet is recorded and this can affect elements such as the advertisements you see on a webpage.
Online chat: Online chat, along with social media, has often made the headlines for negative reasons rather than positive. Online communication is often a medium for cyber-bullying as some people feel protected from behind a computer. In fact, very real damage is being done and Kidsmart reminds children that they need to show respect to individuals online, the same way they would in real life. Online chat also has the potential for children to be talking to strangers, or people who are not who they say they are. Children are implored to involve an adult if they are ever made to feel uncomfortable online.
Social networking: Kidsmart advises children to check the privacy settings on their accounts to ensure they are secure. It also warns of the potential for unmoderated video and image content that may be unsuitable for children. Children should also make sure that their profile does not make too much personal information public.
Searching the Internet and Child Safety: A guide for adults: Download below:
How smart are you? eSafety teaching resource: Download below:
In the UK, a reported 22% of children and young people claim to have been the target of cyberbullying making this one of the most important new areas of behaviour to understand and to equip schools, carers and young people with the ability to respond.
digizen.org on Cyberbullying (source)
A digizen is a shortened version of digital citizen. The Digizen website provides resources that are catered to Teachers, Parents and Children. The Teachers area, as shown in the screenshot above, provides a variety of useful resources that can be used to teach children about eSafety.
Social Networking Detective: Digizen provides some examples of social media profiles, that can be printed out. Children are required to review the profiles, identifying elements that are good or bad practice for staying safe online. They also provide prompt questions to elicit understanding from children and promote deeper thinking. Resources available here.
Cyber-bullying: Digizen also provides an award-winning video for teachers to use with an accompanying lesson plan. The film helps illustrate to children how the things we say online are still very much real life. It explains how cyber-bullying occurs, who it affects and how to help prevent it. Resources available here.
Digizen also addresses the positives and negatives of social networking for children.