Tuesday 8th February was Safer Internet Day, and across the school at Westfield and this year’s theme was focusing on ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in Westfield Primary School, and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year. Some of the activities we have participated in on the day and during the week included:
- A whole school assembly thinking about how we represent ourselves online. See link below https://youtu.be/VwYuSDAHhd
- Watching videos illustrating why it is important to talk to our families about what we do online
- Thinking about how what we do online now can affect our later lives
We’d be delighted if you could continue the conversation and reinforce these messages at home. To help you with this you may be interested in downloading the free Safer Internet Day resource pack for parents and carers which is available here: saferinternet.org.uk/sid-parents.
Some other resources which you may find helpful in supporting your child online are:
- Advice for parents and carers from Childnet
- Tips, advice and guides for parents and carers from the UK Safer Internet Centre
- Guides on popular apps and games from NetAware
- Reviews and information about games, apps, TV shows and websites from Common Sense Media
- Help on using parental controls and privacy settings from Internet Matters
- Information and reporting of online grooming or abuse from CEOP
Online safety is an important issue which as a school we’re committed to teaching our children about, and incorporate into our computing lessons throughout the year. We can’t stress enough the vital part you can play as parents in working with us to support your children’s safety online and good digital hygiene habits.