Safe Online Learning for Children

The current generation is the ‘plugged in’ generation. Many kids know exactly what they need to do with mobile devices, tablets and PCS better than even their parents. But educating children on safe searching and the potential dangers of the internet will always be relevant. Take a look on our top tips for helping kids stay safe while browsing and learning on the internet.

Protect your Privacy

http-63525_960_720Children aged 12 and under should not really be using social media such as Facebook and Twitter, as there are no ways of actually policing what your children can and cannot see on their pages. It is important to instil a sense of privacy in your pupils so that they do not give out sensitive information online. Remind them never to engage in a private conversation with a stranger and not to give out any personal information; Last names, addresses, age etc.

Education, not Prevention!

Stopping kids from doing a certain thing has never worked out very well in the past; they will find a way, particularly if it is ‘forbidden’. By educating your pupils on the importance of safety online, you can help them to browse safely instead of having them sneak online without your permission, where they have the potential to see something disturbing.

“There are no Stupid Questions”

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This is incredibly important when referencing the internet. As a teacher or support worker, if the pupils have a question about something, it is important that you answer them as best you can.

By providing the kids with the relevant information, they will be less likely to attempt to look it up, and they will know more about the internet itself before jumping blindly in online.

Interactive Field Trip for Year 2 Pupils

The future is now with various pupils throughout the UK already taking part in ‘interactive’ online field trips. The Year 2 class at Takeley Primary, Essex were transported to Buckinghamshire via the internet in order to learn about beekeeping and how honey is made.

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The session was live and lasted for around half an hour, where a beekeeper showed the pupils how honey is made and an average day at his farm in Buckinghamshire.

The live session allowed pupils to ask him questions about the bees and the honey process.

During the session the children could also sample from seven different types of honey, provided by Tesco as a part of its Eat Happy Project; designed to show children exactly where their food comes from.

 

Interactive online field trips could be the way forward as it provides an interesting break from everyday lessons and does not put pressure on parents to pay for their children to go on expensive school trips. The sessions are immediate and cut out all the travel time, hopefully paving the way for a more productive trip that can be easily shared by all pupils!

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