Children explore ways of avoiding dangers online

February 28 2014

FAIRFIELD students participated in a range of activities for Safer Internet Day on February 11, including staying safe online, cyberbullying and texting.

FAIRFIELD students participated in a range of activities for Safer Internet Day on February 11, including staying safe online, cyberbullying and texting.
Whilst Year 7 pupils considered rules to do with staying safe online, Year 8 students looked at cyberbullying. They watched a film and explored the characters and their motivations, before creating a "chat show" in which the characters discussed and resolved the problems.
Students in Year 9 focused on the laws surrounding sending pictures, looking into a real-life case study of a girl who sent a picture of herself to a boy.
According to independent communications industry regulator, Ofcom, almost a quarter of children are using tablets to go online – nearly three times as many as last year. Over half of 12 to 15-year-olds use a mobile phone to go online at home, and around one in five eight to 11-years-olds now say they use the internet mainly in their bedroom - this has increased by 12% from 2012.
Brenda Massey, assistant mayor for children, young people and education said: "Today’s young people engage with the internet from a young age whether it’s for learning, gaming or connecting with their friends.
"Peer learning through projects is extremely powerful in teaching young people how to keep themselves as safe in the online world as in the world outside."