Staying Safe on the Internet

In ICT, Pearl class have learning how to stay safe whilst using the computers, iPads and the internet.

We have already signed our acceptable use policies (AUPs) and we have included a rule on our class charter that says we need to treat the laptops and iPads with respect and keep our passwords secret.

First, we thought about what ‘personal information‘ was. We decided as a class that this included our full names, our address, where we go to school, our phone number, our email addresses and our birthdays.

Then we made a list of people that it would be okay to share this information with and all of the adults that we are able to trust. These included: mums, dads and other members of our family; teachers in school; doctors; police and other emergency services.

We already know that we do not talk to strangers in the street, but what happened if someone we didn’t know tried to talk to us whilst we were online? What if they asked us to share our personal information with them?

We watched a short video that highlights the importance of staying safe on the internet called Hector’s World. Click here to watch the videos at home with your child.

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We already use Hector in school on the laptops to help to keep us safe.

Tiana – We click on Hector if we see something that we shouldn’t.

Harrison – Then we tell a teacher to come and help us. 

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We have an E-Safety blog at school that is full of help and advice if you want to know more. Click here to view the blog.

Look at some of the work that we have been completing in our topic books.

How to help your child at home:

  • Talk to your child about the importance of staying safe online.
  • Do you know what your child is doing online? Make sure that your child is playing age appropriate games online and are not being exposed to things that are too old for them.
  • It is against the law for a child under the age of 13 to have social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Devices such as iPhones, Android phone, Playstations, Xboxes, PSPs are all internet enabled – Do you have the correct parental restrictions on them to keep your child safe?
  • Ask your child to tell you what to do if a stranger tries to talk to them online.
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Internet Safety Day 2016

In Pearl class, we have been learning how to stay safe on the Internet.

We have all signed our acceptable use policy in which we know how to use the iPads and the laptops safely as well as knowing how to press Hector the Protector or finding an adult straight away if we see something on the screen that we shouldn’t do.

We have linked this to our Literacy this week and read the story of PenguinPig by Stuart Spendlow.

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It is about a little girl who finds a creature on the Internet called a ‘penguinpig’ at the zoo and she wants to know more about it. She leaves her house without telling her mum or her dad where she is going but gets a terrible surprise when she gets to the zoo.

Click the link here to visit the PenguinPig website. The story can also be downloaded onto an iPad.

Pearl class were able to say what the underlying message was from the story.

  1. Think before you click.
  2. Not everyone online is who they say they are and sometimes they play horrible tricks on other people.
  3. Always tell a grown up if you see something that you are unsure about.

We had a go at drawing our own penguinpig before we made up our own made up creature. What two creatures would you put together?

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What could you do to support your child at home:

  1. Talk to your child about how to use an iPad or a laptop safely at home.
  2. Create your own imaginary animal and use adjectives and noun phrases to describe the animal.
  3. Make sure that your child knows what to do if they see something online that they shouldn’t do.