Students and staff supported Safer Internet Day this week and joined the global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’.
To celebrate the day, students were asked to pledge what they will do to make the internet a better place. The most common pledge was to post positive comments and to report anything bad they see online.
Students also got involved by sharing their online experiences via a green screen activity over lunchtime. Miss Milligan, IT Manager, recorded students’ responses to what they do online and for how long, as well as gather some handy tips to staying safe whilst online! The video can be viewed here.
Arnewood also had a visit from Lloyds Banking Group, supporters of Safer Internet Day, who delivered assemblies over two days to year 7 – 10. In these assemblies students were asked about their online habits, what apps they like to use as well as sharing ideas on how to make the internet a better place.
Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet said, “Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 42% of UK children in 2017 and growing year on year.”
Miss Milligan, Arnewood’s IT Manager said, “Technology is a part of everyday life for our students and online safety is at the core of everything we use. It’s vital we spend time making sure students know how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if something makes them feel uncomfortable.”