E-Safety in the Pre-Prep

Safer Internet Day 2019 took place on Thursday 7th February for St Edmund’s School. The theme of ‘Together for a better internet’ was embraced within the Pre-Prep in a number of exciting ways.

The Ladybirds looked at devices that could access the internet and talked about the websites that they might use; CBeebies, Netflix, YouTube etc. They talked about how using these sites made them feel happy and what to do if something they saw made them feel sad or scared, “Tell an adult!” They sat in a circle and held onto a piece of wool that connected them all together, just like the internet. “It is fun to be connected with other people but important to be kind in what we say and do on the internet.”

The Honeybees learned about a dog who helps his friend (a little boy) to make the right choices when using electronic devices. They talked about what to do if something they don’t like appears on the screen and sang a song, to the tune of Frere Jacques, which guided them in telling an adult about what they have seen.

The Crickets explored websites and e-safety through drama, linked to the animation ‘Smartie the Penguin’. There were lots of discussions about the websites they use and how to stay safe.

The Dragonflies were busy all day focusing on using the internet and ‘keeping safe’. They discussed and illustrated the things they like to do on electronic devices and all the different ways they can be used. There was paired work to think about the three things that they might want to keep safe on a computer. They thought about ways that they might not be safe when using devices and what to do if they were worried. The children made Mouse Mats with their ‘keeping safe’ rule and finished the day with an E-Safety Story which summarised what they had learned.

The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. We hope that by being involved we are able to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Today was certainly a celebration of the internet and we hope you can spend some time talking to the children about what they have learned and thinking about what you can do to help keep them safe online.

Claire Atkinson, Additional Educational Needs Teacher