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05 Feb 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019

Today is Safer Internet Day 2019, a global event recognising the positive uses of technology and the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. This year’s theme is ‘together for a better internet’ and the day hopes to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.   

Ofcom recently announced that youngsters are now spending more time online, in a typical day, than they do in front of a TV. This shift in behaviour further highlights the essential need for our young people to be taught how to use the internet and connected devices safely and responsibly. Unfortunately, there is no quick solution. It takes effort from teachers, schools, parents, social media companies, governing bodies and beyond to help promote a positive online environment.  

To help you continue spreading this important message in the classroom and educate your pupils about online safety, here are Smoothwall's top five tips: 

  • Find out what your students do online when they’re outside of the classroom. Take the time to guide them through how to use different applications safely and answer any questions they may have. 
  • Talk to your pupils about their digital footprint and how the impact of their online activity can affect both themselves and others, now and in the future.   
  • Involve pupils in fun and interactive lessons around online safety - why not ask your pupils to write newspaper articles or vlog about what they’ve learnt? The finished pieces can then be shared with the whole school so everyone benefits from the activity. 
  • As a group discussion explore recent news stories involving the internet. By encouraging students to apply their own knowledge to real life situations, their online safety skills will quickly improve! It also emphasises how relevant and important online safety is.  
  • Lastly, make online safety a regular conversation within the classroom! It's no good holding online safety sessions once a year, they need to be happening on a regular basis.  

For more information about Safer Internet Day including downloadable education packs and an interactive quiz, visit the UKSIC website 

Let us know how you’re showing your support for Safer Internet Day on Twitter. 

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