Feb. 3, 2020
Safer Internet Day (February 11th) is celebrated globally each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees hundreds of organisations getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Each year a different theme is explored. The theme this year is #Freetobeme and looks at how young people manage their online identity and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.
On Safer Internet Day this year why not make use of our brand new free resource for schools, Dot Com Digital. Launched at Bett earlier this month this new safeguarding and wellbeing product provides a unique programme that supports children's personal development and offers a safe environment for them to learn the skills to lead a safe and happy life.
Dot Com Digital is an enhanced digital version of the Dot Com safeguarding programme which was developed by children and Designated Safeguarding Leads. It's been in schools for over 15 years, delivered through paper journals with the support of the police and Home Office. Dot is a cartoon character who talks to children in their own language helping them learn how to speak up about issues which frighten or worry them.
Sharon Doughty, the creator of the Dot Com programme, explains in the video below why she created the Dot Com programme and how it can help all students find their voice. You can find out more about Dot Com Digital by signing up for a webinar with Sharon at 4pm on February 13th here.
Key features and benefits of Dot Com Digital:
The sessions within the free area that are most suited for Safer Internet Day are feeling safe and your uh-oh signs with lessons for Years 2, 4 and 6 although these can easily be adapted to suit a broader range of ages. It's advised that teachers read the Quick Start Guide in the getting started section before the sessions are delivered in class. Each session includes the aims of the session, success criteria alongside all the resources available both online and to print in order to deliver the session.
The sessions cover a range of aims including:
Alongside these sessions, the children can use this poster template to create a poster for our Safer Internet Day Competition based on the theme #Freetobeme using the characters from the Dot Com Digital resource. Once the children have created the resource you can send us the image via Twitter and Facebook and tag us in @2SimpleSoftware and include the #Freetobeme, or, email it to us firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition will run from Feb 11th to the 21st February. The winning entry will receive a printed poster that they can display in school as well as a subscription to the premium Dot Com Digital resource when it is launched later this year.