Over the recent term I have had the privilege of journeying around the classrooms to discuss e-safety with each of your children. Hopefully, beneath is a summary of our learning which I hope can facilitate conversations between yourselves as well as your children.
In Reception, I told the children the story of Smartie the Penguin who had just recieved an iPad for his birthday and was learning what it meant to be safe on the Internet. Due to his lack of understanding (not being able to find his favourite website and technological issues), Smartie was left with the tough decision of how to solve his problems, whether to persevere or not. As a group, we discussed that it is always the smart choice to ask an adult for support rather than aiming to solve the problem by yourself. To help us remember, Smartie the Penguin had a little saying: Before you Click,Click, Click. You need to Think, Think, Think and Ask Someone!
In Class One, the children and I explored and evaluated websites engineered for children (CBBC, Cbeebies, etc). As a class, we discovered that people's opinions about the quality and usefulness of a website can differ, making sure that we used specific vocabulary - subject, link and rate.
In Class Two, the children and I learnt about strategies that can be used to increase the accuracy of keyword searches when using Internet-based search engines. The children compared the number and variety of sites obtained and made inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies - refining searches using multiple words, synonyms and alternatives words and phrases.
Finally, in Class Three, we debated how digitally manipulated photos can affect the way people feel about their appearance, as well as help sell products. We explored how photos can be transformed on the computer and how this can be both creative and, at times, deceptive. To finish, we analysised the messages that are recieved by magazine covers which feature digitally altered photographs.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding e-safety, please do not hesitate to talk to either your child's class teacher or myself.