E-Safety Week (13th-17th April 2015)
At Buckden C of E Primary School, we have dedicated a whole week across the school to look into E-safety. This is a topic that is of high importance within our school as all out children need to learn how to keep themselves safe at all times and recognise potential danger.
We started our week with a whole school assembly to introduce E-safety and how to be safe. We talked about rules that we have within the school and how some rules don’t have to be written down we just know that certain things are not safe. Miss Anderson demonstrated some of these rules. We then had a think about social media and the internet. The children were aware of lots of things they do online such as play games, talk to their friends, send emails, watch videos, use search engines along with social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
We decided as a whole school that we would conduct an experiment using social media to see how many people and in what location would be able to see a picture that we posted onto the school’s Facebook page. In order to keep our children safe, Mrs Loakes volunteered to pose for a photo. We asked the children how many people they thought would see this picture. The answers ranged from 99 to 1000 (well I can tell you after only 24 hours 76,992 people had seen our picture!). We also asked how far they thought the picture would go, did they think that people from all over the world might see it? The children thought that this picture on our school Facebook page would only be viewed by people in the UK. As an update after 24 hours our photo had been seen in places such as Poland, America, Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand, Brazil and many, many more. We have been overwhelmed with comments from people that have shared our photo in order to provide a very important message to the children of our school.
Within lessons, children have been working hard to think about different aspects of E-safety. In Reception the children have been talking about the internet and using computers. In year 1 children have been exploring what their personal information is and who this should be shared with. They have been thinking about what they do on the internet and when they feel safe. They have also looked at how people may not be who they say they are by making masks and using nick names. In year 2 the children have been exploring using masks to disguise their identity and think about how people may use this technique online. They have been using the ‘Lee and Kim’ videos from the ‘Thinkuknow’ website.
Up in Key stage 2 they have continued with looking at personal information and how to keep this safe from others, including the effects it may potentially have when shared. Year 3 have been debating about online gaming, looking at the pros and cons. They have been using websites to explore the key facts about how to keep themselves safe online and acceptable online behaviours. Year 4 have been looking at different types of communication. They have brainstormed how they can communicate with others and have then looked at the best way to conduct different forms of communication. Year 5 have continued this theme looking at the safest ways in which they can communicate with friends and family. In their English lessons they have been writing about what they would like to share and the reasons why the way they have chosen is the safest. Year 6 have been exploring persuasive writing in order to argue and persuade. The topic of their letter surrounded the thought of Facebook lowering the age you have to be to access the site and from what they have learnt about E-safety why they think this would not be a good idea. All the children have discussed the acceptable usage of the internet within school and the aspects of how to keep themselves safe and what to so if they do not feel safe online.
Our E-safety theme has not just been in lessons with each class but has been incorporated into all areas of the curriculum. The children within their key stages had debates within their assembly time to look at arguments for and against certain aspects of the internet and its use. This has been in conjunction with discussions that the children have had in their class assemblies. There has been information in the schools ‘weekly roundup’ advising parents how they too can help to keep their child safe at home.
On the Friday we caught up with our photo of Mrs Loakes that we had posted on the internet. Our photo had been seen by over 212,224 people all over the world. The places that the picture has been seen have been pinned on the map outside the hall so the children can see the extent as to how far a picture can be viewed once it has been uploaded to the internet. We also invited our parents in during the afternoon to come and see what he have been learning about, the information that we have found out and what we will remember when we are using the internet in order to keep ourselves safe.
Take a look at our map to see how far it went: