Create, Connect and Share Respect

At an assembly highlighting this year’s Safer Internet Day message, Create, Connect and Share Respect, Mr Campbell began by reminding Key Stage 2 children that the responsibility for online behaviour lies with each and every one of us.  It is our choice how we behave online, and with whom we communicate.  To help the children understand, he compared the internet to a big city and reminded them that they would not walk down its streets, unaccompanied.  He insisted that no child should be browsing the internet without the supervision and guidance of trusted adults.  His parting message – watch and listen closely to this year’s Internet Safety theme.

 

Mrs Burns began her presentation by asking the question, ‘How do you connect with your friends and family online?’  Children suggested apps and websites such as; Facebook, Instagram, Skype, WhatsApp and some online games.  During discussion, reasons stated by the children for spending time online with friends and family members were; ‘it’s fun’, ‘getting online is quick and easy’, ‘you can trust family and close friends online’.  Using examples, she challenged them to think about how online comments can make us feel a range of emotions,  positive and negative.

Mrs Burns helped the children to understand that gauging how other people are feeling on the internet is difficult because we cannot see facial expressions or body language, we cannot judge tone of voice and, therefore, offending or hurting through online comments can happen easily.  She asked them to consider how something that is funny to one person can be seen as mean, or hurtful to others.

 

Using a range of scenarios, Mrs Burns asked the children to think about their attitudes to some typical online behaviours, and brought about acknowledgment of the ‘key ingredients’ we need to have from our friends and family to be happy online.

 

Mrs Burns finished by helping the children to identify ways in which they can be good online friends:

All materials from this year’s Safer Internet Day 2018, (including slides and video used in this news story) can be found on the UK Safer Internet Website.

2 comments

It’s so important to think, think & think again before you click. Ask yourself if my mum, dad or big sister was standing behind me and saw what I was about to send would I still send the message or picture. If the answer is ‘no’ then don’t send it.

by Suzanne Burns on February 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

Remember what you think is funny or harmless is not the way others might see it. Only send a message or comment if you are POSITIVE that it will make the person receiving the message feel good!!!

by Suzanne Burns on February 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

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