Roydon Primary students learn how to stay safe online

Education / Thu 18th Feb 2021 at 01:19pm

CHILDREN working remotely from home have been taught how to stay safe while online.

Roydon Primary Academy, in Roydon, used Safer Internet Day to explore the reliability of content on the web.

Pupils completed activities focusing on who they can trust online, how the online world can influence them and what to do if worried about online activity.

Head of school Anna Myatt said: “We want to give our pupils the skills to support one another and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online. 

“Through Safer Internet Day, we investigated why inaccurate content exists, where it comes from and what young people can do in response. 

“The internet hosts lots of misinformation and fake news which can affect young people and impact on how they feel about their time online. It is necessary to equip young people with the skills they need to spot inaccurate content, which can sometimes be a complex task. 

“The online world is a great source of information for children to learn from. There are lots of opportunities to research, learn new facts or skills. The internet is so important during the current lockdown as it’s a way for children to retain the relationships with their peers; to play, interact and share their lives. Children are constantly making decisions about who and what to trust online in the context of playing games together and socialising online. 

“Safer Internet Day gave children the opportunity to talk to adults in a safe environment, while building the skills they need to be able to make the best decisions.”

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