Safer Internet Day, now in its 8th year, is celebrated in over 65 countries and it is an opportunity to recognize the importance of the Internet in the lives of children and young people, and to help work to ensure that they and those that support children, parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, know how to get the most out of this resource and use it safely and responsibly.
The focus this year, particularly in the UK is on games and gaming, as well as communicating the wider message that online actions can have offline consequences, both now and in the future. Research shows that games are enormously popular with children, with 86% of 9-16 year olds use the internet to play games, and in terms of online activity for young people it comes second only to school work.
The UK’s Safer Internet Centre have developed resource packs for primary and secondary schools with each pack containing
- 4 quick classroom activities and supporting resources
- A full lesson plan
- Teachers’ guidance
- A poster to start discussion
- An assembly, plus script to help with delivery
These free to download resources are available at: www.childnet.com/safety/sid.aspx.
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