Harlow school utilises Safer Internet Day to help tackle online safety concerns

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WITH children predominantly learning from home, schools have begun to teach internet safety and awareness.

Roydon Primary Academy celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day, by exploring the reliability of content on the web. The day comprised of pupils completing activities, which focused on who they can trust online, how the online world can influence them and what to do if they’re worried about online activity.

Internet safety is at the forefront of many parents’ concerns due to an ever growing threat of the continuous dangers it possesses.

Head of school Anna Myatt said: “We want to give our pupils the skills to support one another and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.

“The online world is a great source of information for children to learn from. There are lots of opportunities to research, learn new facts or skills. The internet is so important during the current lockdown as it’s a way for children to retain the relationships with their peers; to play, interact and share their lives. Children are constantly making decisions about who and what to trust online in the context of playing games together and socialising online.

“Safer Internet Day gave children the opportunity to talk to adults in a safe environment, while building the skills they need to be able to make the best decisions.”

 

Photo: Safer Internet Day logo

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Skye Stewart

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