This week the school celebrated Safer Internet Day, which focused on the images we share online.
The day started with an assembly prepared by the Digital Leaders, who asked which apps we use and how we share images. We were encouraged to think about how much we share, whether we are sharing personal and private information, and whether we are sharing images without asking first.
In classrooms, lots of activities took place, such as learning a song about being safe online, sorting images into ‘ok to share/not ok to share’, creating emojis and lots of discussion about what we do online.
Perhaps one of the most surprising things is how much the children are sharing online with strangers. Lots of the children claimed to have upwards of 100 followers on different apps such as musical.ly and Instagram without knowing who those followers were.
Clearly this is concerning. Our children have been encouraged to think carefully about what they share and who they share with. Please talk to them about this and make every day on the internet safer for them.
The BBC were reporting widely about social media and the role we can play as teachers and parents. This article discusses whether we share too much unnecessary personal information about our children, while there is a great selection of articles that could be discussed with your children here.