Online Safety

 

Online Safety

As our world continues to move online, it is becoming obvious that we are living in a digital age. From communication to finding information, the internet has become our preferred choice. For children, there is no exception. In fact, the younger generations are the first to grow up with the internet as something that defines their lives. With these changes come unfamiliar problems and insecurities, but also ways of finding our feet in this new world.

 

 

‘My children have settled well at John Perry. They are happy and they work hard. They have good friends and they are nice to one another.’ Year 2 and 5 par

Safer Internet Day – 9th February 2021

This year, Safer Internet Day falls on the 9th February 2021. The theme is ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.’

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores reliability online. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.

Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.

The campaign focuses on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.

The day will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on young people and why it is important to create a supportive, critical and questioning culture online that encourages debate and discussion. Here at John Perry Primary School we want to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.

Click on the image to access further resources for parents and carers:

The UK Safer Internet Centre have produced some brilliant ‘How-To’ guides for parents and carers which show you how to change the safety/child-lock settings on smartphones, gaming devices, iPads, etc. They are very useful and you can find them by clicking here.

Resources for children:

 

Kiddle

Kiddle is a safe, visual search engine for kids powered by Google. The first three results to each query are kidsafe sites and pages written specifically for children and hand-picked by the editors at Kiddle.

Fake News

“Fake news is where false information is presented as genuine news. Disinformation and conspiracy theories, for example about coronavirus, are often widely spread on social media. These stories could be worrying for a child, and extremists are also using this to influence people. Help your child to spot fake news with the tips in this factsheet.”

Fake News-Parent’s Factsheet: View Here

ThinkUKnow: View Here

CEOP(Child Exploitation and Online Protection): View Here

Jigsaw Video: View Here

BBC Teach: View Here

BBC Own It: View Here

Wellbeing Advice

One of the most common effects of staring at back-lit screens for long periods of time is eye strain.  Symptoms of eye strain include:
Dry eyes
Headaches
Fatigue
Blurred vision
This happens for two reasons. The first is that when we look at a screen, our blink rate drops by about 50%. Blinking is what keeps our eyes hydrated, and not doing so can result in a dry, gritty feeling. The second is muscle  fatigue. If focus is maintained for long periods, the muscles controlling the lens can become overworked and tired.

Please download our poster, designed to help you and your children take better care of their eyes and bodies. View Here