Jan. 16, 2020
Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar, with schools across the world getting involved to create a safer environment for all online. It's now celebrated in over 150 countries worldwide. From cyber-bullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day (February 11th) aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns, this year having the theme of Free to be me: Exploring identity online. Whatever your school is planning for Safer Internet Day 2020, don’t forget to register as an official supporter of the day, to download your school’s certificate.
At 2Simple, we’re celebrating Safer Internet Day with Purple Mash offering several free resources that you can use in your classrooms. By focusing on identity online, we’re offering students the opportunity to consider how they can express themselves online and the implications of this through the following resources:
If you're a Purple Mash subscriber, we would recommend allowing your class to create their avatar on their account. To create your avatar, simply click on the image next to your name and start creating! Give your class up to 20 minutes to get creative and see what they can come up with. After each student has created their avatar, hold a discussion about why they have chosen their avatar to look how they have. This can be a way of introducing your identity online in a safe environment.
Do you know that if the class all have avatar images, you can create a 2Investigate database called Class that will automatically import records for the class with their avatars and names and teacher could then add fields like 'Do you use avatars online?', 'what are your hobbies?', 'your ambitions?', 'do you use your real name online?' and other identity-related fields. This is an easy way to collect everyone's ideas and display in a safe way.
2Email is one of our most popular resources in Purple Mash and our Confidential Information activity will support your students in learning about what is safe to share online. Our simulation is kept within Purple Mash, so is a safe environment for students to learn about email and how to respond.
Prejudice is another of our 2Email simulations in which Cyber Cop probes questions surrounding prejudice which can occur online teaching your students about bullying and prejudice online.