It's no surprise that in today's digital world, primary and secondary students are using the Internet and social media more than ever before. With a wealth of information, games, images and videos readily available, the Internet is an incredibly useful and exciting tool that many young people have grown up with from an early age.
However, the Internet can also pose very real threats to pupils' safety, that are often overlooked or ignored due to a lack of awareness.
It is therefore vital to educate students and promote online safety throughout schools, so our pupils can be best prepared to recognise and react appropriately to any dangers they may face online.
Ensure pupils understand digital risks
Even though young people often have solid digital knowledge of how different sites, applications and technologies work, they may still lack a fundamental understanding of the risks these platforms can present.
Cyberbullying, viewing explicit content, inappropriate contact from strangers, grooming and negative digital footprints are just a few of the potential implications of online activity, that could negatively affect both primary and secondary school students.
By educating all pupils about digital dangers, they'll be better prepared to deal with situations in which they feel uncomfortable or threatened while online.
Encourage open conversation
An effective approach to ensuring pupils' understanding of Internet safety is to have honest discussions about the risks of the digital world, and how they can be combatted through different measures.
Not sharing personal information online
Always being respectful toward others
Never accepting friend requests from strangers
Knowing what content is and is not suitable to post on social media
Practising password safety
This will help to build a solid foundation of digital literacy skills and safe online behaviours throughout your school.
A brilliant way to spark these types of open conversations is to display relevant and up-to-date digital safety information in the classroom.
At Daydream Education, we have just released a brand-new range of primary and secondary Online Safety posters, that will inspire a whole school approach to digital safety.
Covering vitally important digital safety topics, such as Online Bullying, Sexting and being Share Aware, the wall charts are ideal for promoting awareness and education in all schools.
Safer Internet Day 2018
A brilliant upcoming opportunity that can be enjoyed by both teachers and pupils alike is Safer Internet Day 2018.
The global event, held on the 6th February, is designed to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
With the motto 'Create Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you', this years' Safer Internet Day is set to be the biggest and best yet.
With a range of lesson plans and activities available, why not get involved in the national conversation?