Safer Internet Day 2021
Safer Internet Day this year looks a little different with the school currently being closed to the majority of children and most accessing learning remotely. Although with most children now learning and spending a large proportion of their day online, being safe while using the internet is more important now than ever.
Today the UK Safer Internet Centre has published a report into how young people respond to misleading content and how false information makes them feel. The following is an extract from the press release around exactly this... 'Separating fact from fiction: Half of young people encounter misleading content online on a daily basis - Research reveals the new challenges young people face in identifying misleading content, at a time when being online is more important than ever
77% of young people say being online is a more important part of their life than ever before, with 65% enjoying online lessons during lockdown amidst school closures
48% of young people are seeing misleading content every day, with more than one in 10 seeing it more than six times a day - often leaving them feeling annoyed, upset, sad, angry, attacked or scared
43% of young people have noticed their friends and peers sharing misleading content (such as fake news) online
62% of young people have had friend requests from people they don’t know
59% of young people are aware they have a responsibility to report potentially damaging, harmful or misleading content online, but overall are more likely to block misleading content (21%) than report it (16%)
To mark this year’s Safer Internet Day, new research released today (9th February) by the official coordinators the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), shows young people’s experience of misleading content online as well as the strategies they are using to manage this. The research comes as over 1,000 supporters in the UK, including Government ministers, Premier League football clubs, industry bodies, celebrities, charities, schools and police services join together with young people, to inspire and ignite conversations and host events that help to promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.'
You can read the full report by clicking here and the full press release is attached below.
Below are a range of resources for you to use at home, some of which will already have been used by your child's class teacher through Google Classroom, but will still be beneficial to use or watch again as a family.
There are a range of Safer Internet Day videos available to view as well which have content appropriate for different year groups, so please make sure that you select the video that has appropriate content for your child. You can view these by clicking here. There are also a range of Safer Internet Day learning materials which you can access and use by clicking here.
If you are trying to access these materials from a chromebook then...
Safer Internet Day 2019 & 2020
With so many of our children now living in an increasingly online world, we took advantage of the occasion to educate the children further on the many positives and the dangers that exist. Following a whole school assembly, each class carried out a Safer Internet Day activity which gave the children a chance to ask any questions they had regarding their own online activity. As in previous years, there were a lot of questions and I would strongly suggest that you find the time to discuss your child’s online activity with them.
E-safety Parents Meeting
A short presentation is attached below from our Esafety parental meeting during the summer term of 2018 highlighting some of the many dangers to be aware of when your child is accessing the internet...
HfL E-safety Newsletter
Herts for Learning produce an e-safety newsletter every term for parents. Please click on this link for the latest one: http://www.thegrid.org.uk/eservices/safety/news/newsletters/
Useful Web Sites for Parents
In school the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning provides for a safe and secure online environment. Many parents and carers do seek advice on how they can help their children to 'Stay Safe' online outside of school. These websites provide comprehensive information about online safety and once parents and carers have a wider knowledge and understanding of the issues they can decide what is right for their family.
Childnet International has been working with BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media to produce a new resource for parents and carers and those working with them: Video guides for the free ISP parental controls. The videos are available on the Safer Internet Centre website and the films can be embedded or downloaded.