Last week was safer internet day: Our digital leaders presented the pros and cons of the internet to their fellow students and BeeSecure held two workshops in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
It doesn't matter if we are talking about love, romance, friendship, adventure or games – the digital advancement influences the relationships between people in many ways! You get to know new people, you post about your relationships online and “likes” trigger various feelings: joy, grief or even jealousy. Maybe someone sent inappropriate pictures, you were fooled by strangers or your friends are “stuck” to their phones – students should be able to communicate about their experiences and problems and this is where you, as a parent, play an important role.
When we are talking about the internet, we see all the dangers, but we should remind ourselves, that the internet can be a great place too:
- You can be in contact with friends and those who live outside in an easy and immediate way.
- Thanks to search engines like Google, you can make your task faster and better.
- You get to know different cultures and countries through images and videos without having to leave the house.
- You can have information about what happens around the world.
- It is a creative medium in which you can learn many things, from how to create an App, programming, to guitar lessons on YouTube. There is an endless amount of free content for all tastes.
- You can belong to cybernetic communities without having to be in the same city or country.
- There is free education.
- Communication becomes a dialogue instead of a monologue. You can interact with those who make content and you can also produce it.
Let's work “Together for a better internet”
Some books in our School library
Safe Social Networking by Heather E Schwartz
If a strange person asks to be your online friend, do you know what to do? Don't worry if you don't. This book is here to help! Learn tech-savvy ways to keep your social networking sites safe sites without taking away all the fun!
The Quick Experts Guide to Safe Social Networking
The perfect guide to being a safe and savvy social networker: dodging the pitfalls; mastering privacy settings; controlling how much you share; avoiding peer pressure; and having the best time online.
The Teenage Guide to Life Online by Nicola Morgan
A balanced look at what happens to us all – young and old – when we spend time on the internet. Nicola Morgan explores the pros and cons of life in the Digital Age, from the information explosion to the growth of social media. Opening with a brief history of the web she then explores hot topics like fake news and online privacy, and draws on fascinating, cutting-edge research into how the internet and screen-use affect our ability to concentrate, our mood and sleep patterns. This is a book for families to share: a way for teenagers, their parents and carers to inform themselves about the many advantages and risks of life online.