Both our Senior and Prep schools took part in Safer Internet Day earlier this week.
Celebrated in over 130 countries worldwide, Safer Internet Day saw Westonbirt join hundreds of organisations across the UK who are raising awareness to try and make the internet a safer place.
Safer Internet Day aims to educate children and young people on how to use technology responsibly and to use the internet both positively. As stated by Safer Internet Day, this is the focus this year:
‘This year’s main focus is around the meaning of online consent. Teaching young people how they ask, give and receive consent online regarding privacy, data and photo sharing. The campaign aims not to discourage using the internet but rather to give young people a greater understanding so they can take greater ownership of their lives online’.
At Westonbirt, students had the chance to discuss being safe online during their class tutor time. They also discussed social media content and how it should be managed which has been a topic in the news recently. Engaging debate about the use of mobile phones in school took place and Mrs Dangerfield recently wrote an article on this topic.
Her message like Safer Internet Day is that we should not ban children from the internet but rather educate them on how to use it better. She also examines the idea that adults should be setting a better example to young people on the use of technology. With this in mind, parents also came into school in the evening to get involved with the campaign and to learn more about how their children can use the internet responsibly. They learnt how to open a dialogue with their children about internet safety and who they are interacting with online.
Find out more and get involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk
You can read Mrs Dangerfield’s article on the use of mobile phones in school here: https://bit.ly/2Sqhusv