Safer Internet Day 2020

On Tuesday 11th February Waterloo Lodge School joined 2000 other registered supporters, schools and youth settings across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020, in a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology. The day called on young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies and policymakers to join together in helping to create a better internet!

On the day we looked at our own identities online and discussed the theme ‘Free to be’.  We joined the national conversation and covered many issues about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Incorporating the theme within our subjects we were also able to produce related work with accompanying short film’s related to the campaign. We discussed and provided our own top tips about staying safe online as well as being able to express our own individual identities safely online having recognised our school’s favourite digital media platforms used by our pupils. We also took a ‘Safer Internet Day’ quiz to test our online safety knowledge.

At Waterloo Lodge School, using the internet safely and positively has been a key message that we have promoted this term covering lessons in recognising viruses and malware to reducing the risks of downloading them; looking at the trail of data we leave as digital footprints and keeping them positive; the effects of cyber-bulling, cyber-crimes and the repercussions; the consequences of sexting and the social, ethical and legal issues; our pupils have discussed then taken the perfect selfies after learning and identifying some of the negative consequences of our generation. With all these we looked at where to find help and advice should we ourselves or others need it. 

The day was followed with letters home to parents and carers providing further advice, tips, guides and resources from Childnet and the UK Safer Internet Centre; guides, reviews and information about games, apps, TV shows and websites from NetAware and Common Sense Media; help on using parental controls and privacy settings from Internet Matters and information for the reporting of online grooming or abuse from CEOP

This culminated in the celebration and success of Safer Internet Day 2020 for our pupils at Waterloo Lodge School.

Nick Ormerod

IT Instructor | Waterloo Lodge School