The internet is a significant part of young people’s lives, and although it is an invaluable resource for learning, unsafe use can pose risks. At Grange Infant School, we believe that education is crucial to making sure that our pupils are able to use the internet safely. On Safer Internet Day, we will continue to teach students about the threats and dangers they may experience while online.
At Grange Infant School, each class will be focusing on internet safety through a key text: Reception –Dot and Dot Unplugged, Year 1 – Once upon a time online, Year 2 – The Friend Machine.
Every year, new statistics demonstrate the risks that unsupervised and unrestricted children face online. Here are some of the most alarming:
- Almost 1 in 4 young people has come across racist or hate messages online.
- Around 1 in 8 has been bullied on social media.
- 1 in 4 children has experienced something upsetting on a social networking site.
- There were more than 12,000 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online issues in 2017.
Safer Internet Day is a global event that is coordinated in the UK by the UK Internet Safety Centre, a partnership whose mission is “to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people”. This year’s campaign is being run with the slogan “Together for a better internet”, a call to action for people to work together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, especially younger users.
We would be delighted if you could join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home. To help you with this, you may be interested in downloading the free Safer Internet Day Resources for Parents and Carers which is available at: saferinternet.org.uk/sid-parents
Although Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, our efforts to ensure the online safety of our pupils continue throughout the year. All members of staff are involved in encouraging safe online practises, and we are determined to prevent any of our students from being at risk.