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Digital Leaders schools put on the best Safer Internet Day events to date!

Published: 28th February 2019

Safer Internet Day was on 5th February 2019 and saw schools all over the UK finding ways to spread awareness about internet safety.

Safer Internet Day was celebrated in over 150 countries across the world and is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. This year’s theme was ‘Our internet, our choice: understanding consent in a digital world’ and Digital Leaders were encouraged to share what they did on the online training platforms. We also saw so many schools sharing their activities on Twitter, tagging #ChildnetDL and @ChildnetDL.

Below are a selection of schools who we noticed went above and beyond for Safer Internet Day 2019 so we asked them for some more information on the extremely creative and inspiring ways they celebrated the day!

Newcastle High School for Girls Junior School

Newcastle High School Year 5 Digital Leaders created and performed a short play about a girl who meets up with someone she has been speaking to online which they performed in front of the whole school!  The play ended by advising students to speak to a Digital Leader or adult if they felt unsafe.  One Digital Leader said,

“Putting on a play is a good way to make smaller children interested and more focused on the things being said.”

Yes, we agree – it is a fantastic way to engage all audiences!

On top of this, the Digital Leaders ran a lesson about internet safety and cyberbullying, including a PowerPoint presentation and a Kahoot quiz with sweets for the winning team!

One ofthe most original ideas that we’ve heard yet is certainly Newcastle High School Year 6 Digital Leaders who wrote and performed a puppet show for Key Stage 1 about keeping safe online!  Their group leader said,

“It was lovely to see how well prepared and organised the girls were.”

We agree, fantastic job Digital Leaders!

St Stephen’s Junior School, Kent

St Stephen’s Junior School in Kent had an extremely successful Safer Internet Day and put on an array of activities.  The Digital Leaders presented a Safer Internet Day PowerPoint presentation to each year group and also to parents and carers.

They also fed back results from a pupil’s online safety survey to parents and carers via a newsletter they had created. The newsletter highlighted that more children are using apps and games that are not age appropriate, and the Digital Leaders listed age ratings of games and offered advice to parents on how to tackle some difficult issues.  Their teacher said,

“They spent the day promoting the themes and even gave up their lunch time to give out information and advice in the dining hall.”

Wow, that shows real dedication!

King’s Ely

King’s Ely Digital Leaders ran their Safer Internet Day activities over a whole week!  In fact, Digital Leaders have been busy practicing for their Safer Internet Day assembly since early January!

The Leaders in Year 8 created their own video to help spread digital safety which was previewed in assembly and thoroughly enjoyed by other students.  Journalism Club also helped Digital Leaders to create information videos about some current popular apps and social media platforms where they interviewed a teacher in their school.   We love to see students collaborating for such a worthy cause- fantastic work, King’s Ely, your Digital Leaders are an inspiration!

Bredon School

Bredon Digital Leaders did some amazing work for Safer Internet Day and Lauren, who is Head Girl as well as a Digital Leader, went above and beyond in her role for the day!  Lauren ran a lesson for Key Stage 2 which included games, discussion, images, videos and an interactive quiz.  Her teacher said,

“Lauren is a credit to the school as a Digital Leader and I would be very happy for her to teach our children about using Digital Media both safely and effectively in the future.”

Wow, well done Brendon School and Lauren for being such an inspirational Digital Leader!

Acklam Grange School

Acklam Grange School Digital Leaders invited their partner primary schools to visit and take part in a range of activities for Safer Internet Day.

We are very impressed that the Acklam Grange Digital Leaders are sharing their knowledge and experience with their local community and also spreading the word about the Digital Leaders Programme!

Thank you to all the Digital Leaders!

Thank you to all Digital Leaders schools who took part and celebrated Safer Internet Day. Take a look at our blog about how some Digital Leaders were involved in the Safer Internet Day London event here also.

If your Digital Leaders have gone over and above in their mission to spread internet safety knowledge we would love to hear about it! Please contact: [email protected] if you would like to feature in a Childnet Digital Leaders blog or if your students are interested in writing a guest blog. You can also share what your Digital LEaders have been up to with us on our new twitter @ChildnetDL #ChildnetDL