Dear Parents and Carers,
On Tuesday 7th February, Barming Primary School will be joining schools and youth organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2023. We will be joining over 170 countries and over half of the children in the UK in celebrating this day. This will be the 20th year Safer Internet Day has been celebrated.
Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on children and young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and more, to help to create a better internet.
Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in our school, and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year.
The theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day is ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’.
In school we will be having an assembly for both Key Stages, focusing on how we use and enjoy the internet and what to do if things go wrong. For the children the key message will be to talk to someone about it; this can be any adult in school or someone at home.
Following this the children will carry out activities in class which will re-emphasise this message.
We would be delighted if you could join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home. To help you with this, the UK Safer Internet Centre have created some free activities and information for parents and carers which are available at: https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers
Whether you have 5 minutes to start a conversation or hours to spare, there are top tips, quizzes and films which you can use at home with your child.
Please discuss this important element of your children’s learning at home. Safer Internet Day 2023 can be a springboard for conversations that shape how we talk about and respond to online issues, not just for one day, but throughout the whole year.
If you have any concerns or questions about keeping your child safe online, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher/myself or one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Mr P. Hale