Safe is a unique new project that gives primary school pupils a real-life way of learning e-safety through social networking. Practical activities develop children’s skills, confidence and safety awareness online.
Since children are going online at younger and younger ages, internet safety campaigns and initiatives must be tailored towards younger age groups,...this has implications for curricula and teacher training in primary schools.
57% of 9-16 year olds have a social networking profile
Safe complements and adds to initiatives like the DfE and UKCCis’s Zip it Block it Flag it, by offering a safe and authentic way to practice these skills.
Safe trains pupils to ask, before they share online:
Who will see what you share? How do you control this?
What are you sharing? Is it yours? What personal information are you sharing? How will it affect others?
Where are you sharing things? Is this the best place?
Free Teacher resources enable any primary school to easily deliver fun Safe activities. Pupils complete 10 key criteria, which give them the proven ability to carry out a full range of social networking activities – safely. On completion, they receive the Certificate in Safe Social Networking.
The key outcome is that young people develop their ‘internal capacity’ to protect themselves, feel confident and spot danger online. Like cycling proficiency or swimming lessons, we want children to do safely what they enjoy and benefit from.
Just as importantly, teachers and LA staff gain the skills, confidence and resources to offer Safe to future classes and to spread best practice to other schools.
How to get involved:
1. Sign up to access you free resources www.safesocialnetworking.org
2. Download resources and complete activities in school.
3. Reward your pupils with their own Certificate in Safe Social Networking.