Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

This year’s celebration takes place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. With a theme of ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’, the day is celebrated all around the world, with people coming together through thousands of events and activities to play their part in creating a safer and better internet. In our school we are also playing our part for a better internet not just on SID, but all year through.

We are actively working toward a safer Internet by knowing the risks and strengths. And we don’t like bullying or cyber bullying!

Anti-Cyber Bullying Rap – I Like It
“I Like It” is an anti-cyber bullying rap from PDST Technology in Education performed by the GMCBeats Youth Crew to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2015.

SID 2017 at our school

Creating secure passwords

In our Year 4 English lessons we explored reasons why we use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords.

Passwords are an essential part of life online – and if we’re not careful about keeping them secret, they can cause big problems. By understanding the risks and making passwords stronger, we can feel a little more secure.

Tips to stay safer on the Internet

In Year 5 we have prepared 10 tips to stay safer on the Internet. We have discussed about them in class and we are designing some nice posters to prepare an exhibition at school. It will be an interesting exhibition because we will be using Augmented Reality (AR).

Our school is involved in the ACRA Project. ACRA stands for “Aprender Ciencias con Realidad Aumentada” or “Learning Science through Augmented Reality”.

We will use AR to “augment” those posters with some videos we are recording. We will be using Aurasma, an app to create ‘auras’. We are also creating a website with our ten tips and an online quiz and we will link to them by using QR codes. Stay tuned!

We love using mobile devices and now we have found an interesting use for them at school.

Our ten tips to stay safe on the Internet
  1. Keep your passwords private
    Use strong passwords. Don’t use the same password for all your services.
  2. Everything on the internet is true
    Absolutely not. Everyone can publish information on the Internet. Be critical and contrast information.
  3. Mind the photos
    Don’t send or admit compromised photos, yours or others. It’s dangerous and a bad idea. If you share a photo, you will no longer have control over it.
  4. Think before you post
    Before you post that funny information of your friends, or make a joke about them, think about the consequences. If you wouldn’t say it in real life, don’t say it online.
  5. Keep your privacy
    Never share information like your contact details or the name of your school with people you don’t know. You wouldn’t tell a random person at the street where you live, so don’t do it online.
  6. Protect your digital footprint
    Type your name into Google, you’ll be amazed at how much information there is about you. This information is called your ‘digital footprint’. Friends and family can Google you – will you be happy with what they see?
  7. Deactivate or delete accounts you no longer use
    If you stop using a social networking profile or website, it’s best to deactivate or delete your account.
  8. On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog
    Not everyone online can be trusted. Not everyone online is who they say they are. Question what people online want from you and why.
  9. Our best advice
    On the Internet, use your common sense.
    Tell your parents or teachers when you see something on the Internet disgusting or scary.
  10. Look around you
    Open your eyes. Look through the window. Go outside. Have a walk. Practice sport. Make new friends. There’s another world beyond the screen.

Are you safe on the internet?

Do our quiz and check:

Safer Internet Day 2017 Quiz

Be the change: Unite for a better internet

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