Amy Bonn is the Computing Coordinator and Year Two teacher at Aldenham Prep. She has been a teacher at the school for four years.
Would you stand in the street and shout out your bank account details? Would you take sweets from an absolute stranger? Would you tell someone if you were being bullied?
You may think that when you are in the privacy of your own room that you are in a private place BUT when you are online you are suddenly in a world wide, public place.
Internet Safety Day took place on the 9th February, with the theme ‘Play your part for a safer Internet.’ Celebrated globally in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone to play their part for a better internet.
At Aldenham Prep we got involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children. Children took part in an Internet Safety Day poster competition and all classes made a fantastic effort. Mr Scott and Mrs Watts had the difficult task of judging the competition and the three winners received prizes.
Year 2 helped me deliver a whole school assembly to promote the importance of Internet Safety further. It was important to get across the fact that although the internet is a wonderful place to explore and discover new things, connect and communicate with others and to be creative, it is also a place where we have to be extremely careful. ‘Internet Safety’ covers such a variety of issues, ranging from cyber bullying to grooming, relaying this information in a child appropriate manner can be tricky but I was impressed at how the children seemed to have a solid awareness of challenges we are faced with online.
Hopefully Internet Safety Day has raised further awareness and children will always remember to follow the SMART rules: 5 Top Tips to stay safe online!
S – Safe
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
M – Meet
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
A – Accepting
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R – Reliable
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
T – Tell
Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Here are some useful websites that I recommend for further information about Internet Safety: