‘Let’s create a better internet together’
Once again, we join hundreds of other organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day and promoting the safe and responsible use of technology.
It offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet.
The day was dedicated to exploring how we could help to create a better internet together, and involved a wide range of activities throughout the entire school. We linked across the curriculum too, by involving Safer Internet Day incorporating music, geography, drama, literacy and computing, to name a few.
It doesn’t stop there
The children are then encouraged to blog about the activities their year groups took part in throughout the day as well as writing about how they hope to create a better internet together and what e-Safety messages they learnt over the day.
To give you an idea of some of the fun we had, below is one exciting excerpt from the day:
Year 4 – Mystery School Challenge
Recently we received a very interesting invitation to take part in an activity, with another school on the other side of the country! Year 4 had the exciting opportunity to connect with the school over Skype and play a game of mystery, in which they had to work out the name of the other school and vice versa.
This may sound easy enough, until we add a little twist… the questions could only be answered with a Yes or a No!
Even harder still when each of the opponents is allowed to add a Red Herring into the mix!
Children collected into groups of Researchers, Interviewers, Question Writers and Scribes and worked together to ask questions to their opponents on the other side of the screen. They used various search engines and Google maps to try and narrow down the search.
This experience was a fantastic way to get across to children that it is very difficult to know exactly who you are talking to over the internet, whilst also celebrating the benefits that the internet brings; with a 162 mile distance between the two schools, it’s fantastic to see these children connect and learn in such a constructive way.
The children gained hugely from the experience, not just in realising some important factors of e-Safety, but also extending a variety of valuable skills.
Great fun was had by all, and both schools accomplished their goal in the time given!
We’d all like to say a big Thank You and Well Done to Abbas and Templecombe Primary School and we look forward to connecting with you all much more in the future, through blogging and other Skype opportunities.
Visit Abbas and Templecombe Primary School‘s website to find out about their Safer Internet activities
We’re you part of Safer Internet Day?
Whether you are a pupil of Staplehurst School, Abbas and Templecombe Primary School or another school, we would love to hear your thoughts on Safer Internet Day and activities that you took part in.
Add a comment below. When blogging, make sure that you remember to:
Only use your first name, never include your surname
Use a pretend email address like firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know which year group you are in
If you are a pupil of another school, make sure you let us know.