“Discovering the digital world together safely”
The UK Safer Internet Center has developed a pack of resources ready for Safer Internet Day (SID) 2012 which is due to take place on the 7th February 2012.
The theme for the day is Connecting Generations with the slogan “Discovering the digital world together safely”. The packs were launched 24th November and are ready to download immediately via the download link. Downloading the pack will ensure your school is involved in Safer Internet Day 2012.
Safer Internet Day is organised yearly in an effort to enable children and young people use the internet safely and responsibly as they grow up and become safe digital citizens. For both primary and secondary schools sections of the National Curriculum for ICT, Citizenship and PSHE are covered, almost certainly some aspect of literacy or English will be covered by the activities.
The topic this year is an attempt to bridge all ages and cultures encouraging people to work together to keep everyone safe on the internet. Older people, even though they may not have the internet expertise, have the life skills to recognise what is good and safe and recognise things that are not quite so sure, they can use that knowledge and intuition to help young people keep safe, while the young people have the internet expertise that they can share with the older generations.
The primary lesson plan is open-ended, it could be a project to develop a community skill sharing session or school internet-safety open afternoon. Children could teach grandparents or other local groups how to use the internet safely by means of posters, jingles, photographs, video clips, cartoons or almost anything they can think of. A project can be as small or as large as the school requires and the resources made by the pupils can be shared on the internet for the SID.
Classes could create a class song, jingle, rap, a short play or sketch titled “How we connect online and why we love the internet” before the Safer Internet Day some of which can be showcased at the end of the SID assembly on 7 February 2012.
There are five quick classroom activities, covering what a digital footprint looks like, offering a helping hand, considering other generations, considering life without the internet and finally doing a coffee morning about the topic. These activities could be shared among the classes, or better still, done one each day of that week by all classes with a combined coffee morning to end the week! Children could show what they have learned
There is a whole primary resources pack with a lesson plan, an assembly PowerPoint presentation and script, teacher notes, a poster, game and other resources.
The Secondary school pack has similar items, an assembly script and presentation; five quick activities, a poster, teacher guidance, more resources and the lesson plan but obviously aimed at the older group of pupils.
Their lesson plan gives pupils the opportunity to design and create an awareness raising campaign in their school encouraging all generations of the local community to connect to and use the internet safely!
Pupils could be encouraged to have the opportunity to look at the issues of internet safety from other aspects as from other points of view with debates around the topic. Debates could clearly be for classes, year groups or the whole school. A great idea would be to make the debate a public affair and to invite either a chosen audience or open it to parents and carers to form the audience. As with everything offered it can be scaled to fit the needs of the school.
Any queries can be addressed to: email@example.com . Schools can get in touch to inform them of what is being done or created for the event. Also on February 7th schools can share their creations by uploading them to the SID 2012 website.
Look out for more information on SID 2012 as the time approaches and details of our related 123ICT competition.
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