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Safer INternet Day

February 6th 2024 was Safer Internet Day which is the UK’s biggest celebration of online safety.  At Hazelwood Schools we participated in these celebrations and learning based on the theme of ‘Inspiring change’ by looking at different areas of internet safety.  To kickstart the day, Years 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 participated in an assembly which introduced the purpose and themes of the day.  The children were very enthusiastic when sharing what they do online.  There were also more than a few sniggers/confused looks when looking at how much technology has changed and teachers talking about using record players to listen to music and using telephones that you had to turn the dial for each number to make a telephone call.

In the classroom, the children participated in a range of activities to support their understanding of how to remain safe online.  Nursery and Reception classes looked at things that might change while online.  They focused on if anything changes while they are online and it makes them sad, worried or scared, what they can do and who they can talk to to keep themselves safe.  Years 1 and 2 read stories about Mo and Jaz who like to play games and watch videos online.  In each story, something changed such as a funny video turning into a scary video or a person promising to give more ‘tokens’ from a game if Mo and Jaz shared what they already had.  Each story lead to great discussion about how things can change online and what children can do to keep themselves safe.  The honesty, understanding and maturity seen from our Year 1s and 2s regarding keeping safe online was astounding.  Years 3 and 4 looked at how much technology has changed over the years, it was quite funny to see the look of horror on some children’s faces to realised there was a life without the internet or computer technology as it is today.  The children spent time discussing and designing what the technology of the future might be and how it could be made safe for the people who use it.  Our value of creativity was shining brightly across Years 3 and 4 this afternoon with amazing inventions being designed.  Finally, Years 5 and 6 looked at the power of influencers and how they can impact our daily lives.  Once again, the understanding, honesty and maturity of our students when talking about online safety leaves me speechless.  The children spent time discussing how they felt influencers had influenced them and then they designed their own influencers who would use their powers for good.

Online safety is of paramount importance in today’s society and we hope today has helped equip our pupils with even more tools to keep themselves safe. Please visit our Online Safety Page for more information.