imageEuropean Safer Internet Day is coming up very soon – it’s two weeks today – and a wide range of organisations are encouraging all schools to run an activity to link in to the event. Whether that’s an assembly, a message in the school newsletter or a parents talk, there are a pile of resources waiting to help. This year, with the announcement of free family computers under the Government’s Home Access scheme, you are likely to have lots of families in your school who’ll be online for the first time in 2010.

I’ve already mentioned the Internet Safety Presentation webcast for parents that’s we’re running, which covers basic information on how technology such as social network and instant messaging is being used by young people. The webcast is there to support any other school activity you want to do, and is helpful if you want to bring an external (virtual) presenter in.

The other place to look for resources is the ThinkuKnow website, which is run by CEOP. There is a special minisite for the Safer Internet Day, and it links to specific resources for lessons, assemblies and parents meetings. On their site, they’ve got a range of ideas of what your school could do to get involved:

What can you do?

You can help raise awareness of online safety issues in your community and here are a few suggestions and ideas to get you thinking...

  • Enter the Think before you post’ film competition as a group, class or as a solo entrant.
  • Deliver the Thinkuknow resources to the young people that you work with.
  • View the latest cyberbullying episode from Hector’s World – for 5-7 year olds
  • Download the new CEOP animated resources for 5-7’s with activities for
    pre school, called ‘Lee and Kim's Adventure - Animal Magic’.
  • Hold a Safer Internet Day assembly – we have short films with lessons plans for primary and secondary schools.
  • Advertise Safer Internet Day on your websites, newsletters and publications – download the online banners and SID badge for your website
  • Host a parents awareness-raising session using the Purely for Parent’s presentation.
  • Use CEOP printed resources or create your own to leaflet drop on your local high street.
  • Work with the local or regional media – place an advert, get a journalist to come to your event, take some pics and send them with a press notice to your local paper
  • Set up a stand in a local public space to distribute resources and show the Thinkuknow films.
  • Encourage young people to deliver resources to other young people, with the support of an adult.
  • Encourage local shops (particularly those selling new technologies) to highlight the risks online, by having leaflets by the tills or posters in the window.

It may not be you who’s responsible for this kind of programme in your school, but perhaps you could pass this information along to whoever has got the assembly for 9th February on their mind!