Tuesday was Safer Internet Day 2019, and every class took part in activities aimed at raising the awareness of consent.
Class 1 talked about how to ask a trusted adult if they ever came across anything when playing on a tablet or computer that asked them a question they were unsure of, and how to ask permission before they go to certain sites and apps. They created some wonderful posters in the session, here are a couple:
From the questionnaires that KS2 completed, it was evident that the overwhelming number of children enjoyed going online for a wide range of purposes from chilling with Netflix to playing games with friends.
We looked at the concept of personal information and how if it belongs to you, you should have the control to decide what happens to it. Many didn’t realise that pictures are a form of personal information, and posting them online without permission can lead to problems. It was well-understood that it is important and polite to ask for consent from people if we want to share pictures of them and respect their wishes.
We also looked at how companies and other organisations on the internet have to ask for your consent if they wish to use your personal information, and what they may use it for.
In all situations, we explored the important message that it is OK to say NO. It is YOUR information, YOU own it, it is up to YOU what happens to it.
Some children made some pledges at the end of the day related to consent:
It was also pleasing to see from the questionnaire responses that many pupils ask for permission before they use technology at home, and if they want to get a new game or app. Staying safe online and respecting others in the online world are becoming ever-important and it is reassuring to know that so many parents are sharing their children’s journeys and development in the digital age.