As part of our ongoing focus on online safety in school, we have promoted the use of the SMART online safety rules over the last few years. Despite SMART rules posters being displayed prominently in all classrooms and communal areas, last year, following discussions with pupils, we recognised that whilst most of our children in Key Stage 2 were familiar with what the SMART acronym stood for, they were not entirely sure of the meaning. In fact, some of our younger children were unfamiliar with the SMART rules altogether.
During some consultancy work with Martin Bailey, a local ICT consultant, we were impressed to see the SMART posters that Daydream Education had produced for Martin's school. As a result, we launched a whole school competition which involved the children designing their own SMART rules posters. The standard of work produced was very high and selecting just one winning design from KS1 and one from KS2 was difficult.
It was great to see how the children had interpreted the rules and expressed them in more age-appropriate language. Finally, the two winning designs were selected, celebrated and submitted to Daydream Education who did a fantastic job in keeping the children's designs but 'professionalising' them and producing the high quality posters we now have on display today. A2 sized posters are displayed in every classroom and referred to every time any form of online technology is used by the children. A2-sized KS1 and KS2 SMART posters are also displayed prominently in communal areas throughout school: entrance area, hall, corridors and Media Suite. In addition, smaller A3 posters feature on all of the trolleys of laptops and iPads just to serve as an extra reminder!
We have found a huge increase in children's knowledge and understanding of the SMART online safety rules. We attribute this to the fact that, following the poster design campaign and competition, the children now have ownership of the rules and the large eye-catching posters have meaning and appeal.
We place such a high emphasis on the SMART rules that they feature in our home-school contract and in our school prospectus. Mrs Jade Wallace (Computing Lead Teacher and Upper KS2 Phase Leader)
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