When our children are young, we do our best to help them get the most out of the internet, while protecting them from the online world’s risks and downsides. But as children mature into teenagers, our role shifts to helping them learn to make their own safe and ethical decisions as they navigate their digital lives.
At Deal Parochial, we believe this means preparing our Key Stage 2 students to:
- Think critically and evaluate online sources.
- Protect themselves from online threats, including bullies and scams.
- Be sharp about sharing: what, when, and with whom.
- Be kind and respectful towards other people and their privacy.
- Ask for help from a parent or another trusted adult with tricky situations.
This year these efforts will include Be Internet Legends, a multifaceted programme designed to teach children the skills they need to be safe and smart online. One of the resources, Interland, is a playful browser-based game that makes learning about digital safety interactive and fun — just like the internet itself. Developed by Google in partnership with the educators and online safety experts at Parent Zone, Be Internet Legends provides fun, age-appropriate learning experiences built around five pillars:
- Think Before You Share
- Check it’s For Real
- Protect Your Stuff
- Respect Each Other
- When in Doubt, Discuss
Smart, safe technology usage can help students learn better, and help our schools function better. We believe the Be Internet Legends programme will mark an important step towards our goal of ensuring that all our students at Deal Parochial are learning, exploring, and staying safe online. We encourage you to ask them about what we’re doing in class; you might pick up a few privacy and security tricks yourselves!