Today is Safer Internet Day 2013, which aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people.
Leading up to the day, I’ve been working with colleagues to develop ways to raise awareness of the issues around Internet Safety, including:
- A conference for staff featuring expert guest speakers, for which we engaged with young people for their input into the planning/participation of the event
- Resource packs on Internet Safety for Edinburgh’s schools
- A video trailer (below) to promote Safer Internet Day, as well as a short film to enter into a national UKIS competition, both created by young people in care
- A competition to encourage schools and their pupils to engage with Safer Internet Day and its slogan “connect with respect”
- Involvement with Community Learning and Development to promote Internet Safety and hold evening classes in the community
For the competition, we invited children and young people in Edinburgh to come up with a pledge about their rights and responsibilities for connecting safely and responsibly online. We had some great entries which were judged by representatives from the police and Edinburgh Council.
The Best Poster award went to Alix, Rowan and Kirstin of Trinity Primary. The poster, shown above and available to download here (PDF), will go out to every GP Surgery, Community Centre, Library and School in Edinburgh.
From St Mark’s RC Primary, Erin and Aimee’s inspired Internet Safety song (link to audio file) secured their prize in the Most Creative category – you’ll be singing this one to yourself for weeks!
We had a great selection of short video messages from pupils at Forthview Primary which won them the Best Video award.
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This post originally published at http://edinburghbrightfutures.com