This term’s E-Safety Week saw children across the school sharing their learning with each other; Year Six ran workshops for Year 3, explaining the importance of the SMART rules (keeping personal information safe, never meeting up with someone online, not accepting unknown messages, questioning how reliable information online can be, and making sure you tell someone if you come across something that makes you feel uncomfortable). Year 5 children created lovely E-Safety board games to play with each other and learn whilst they played! Children teaching children (otherwise known as ‘peer to peer’ teaching) is a highly effective way of enabling deep learning that is fun and meaningful.
The impact of E-Safety Week has been very clear. A great example was a child who came to ask about a strange text message he had received on a family phone from an unknown contact. Using his online safety learning he immediately blocked the number and sought advice from his teacher on what to do next. A fantastic result from a real life E-Safety incident that could happen to anyone! If you ever receive a text from someone you don’t know, or an email or text asking you to click on a link to enter your personal details, do not do it. You can find advice online at this great BBC education guide: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z9p9kqt/revision/1 and of course we are always happy to help and provide advice in school.
Next term our E-Safety Week will be focused on online-gaming. Many children will receive or get the chance to play the latest computer games over Christmas. Next term we will be supporting children and their families in understanding the risks of playing games on online, and will continue our on-going work with children throughout the year of getting them to think about appropriate content, their responsibilities to themselves, their family and each other, and above all- how to stay safe.
Next term’s Online Safety Week will be held the week beginning Monday February 6th.
As parents you can support your child in staying safe online by having a quick look at some of these resources listed below. These websites have comprehensive information for parents and children as well as top tips and contact details should you have concerns or need further information.
http://www.pegi.info/en/index/ (this is the international film and games rating site – it explains the rationale and ratings bands for films and games).
Don’t forget, you can also talk to our Safeguarding Lead Mrs Full if you have any queries or concerns, or simply would like further information on helping you and your family stay safe online.