The need for internet safety education for our young people is crucial, especially at a time when technologies are evolving at a rapid pace and the internet has become a part of everyday life.
At R.E.A.L. we take esafety very seriously and have extensive resources available to staff for teaching and learner’s personal programmes. ‘Esafety Workshops’ are delivered to learners regularly, and R.E.A.L. has a dedicated staff ‘Esafety Working Party’ who meet regularly to make sure that we adapt our training and security systems at R.E.A.L. to address new technologies – ensuring they are safe for staff and students.
We have also invited productions from Pintsize Theatre to R.E.A.L. They performed their play ‘LUVU2’ (focused around child exploitation through social media), in December 2017. The feedback from learners regarding the play was extremely positive and we know that the messages conveyed in the production will stay with them.
In addition to this type of ‘learning outside the classroom,’ special resources regarding protecting personal privacy and the internet were also developed to mark ‘Safer Internet Day’ on Tuesday 6th February, which had a theme of: ‘Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you.’
To mark the day, Key Stage 2 and 3 learners took part in, and enjoyed, activities that allowed them to examine how the online world could put them under pressure. ‘Positive posting’ activities allowed them to consider how to respond to different online pressures. Other activities encouraged avoiding online conflict, making positive connections and being respectful online.
Linda Rigley, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Citizen Education) Curriculum Lead at R.E.A.L. Education said: “Esafety is a top priority at R.E.A.L. Resources are constantly being created and adapted due to the advancing nature of technology. It is essential we ensure our learners have the tools and knowledge to keep themselves safe online.”