Rights Respecting Schools Article of the Week
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2022 is celebrated today, 8th February, with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
Mrs Reynolds will lead a worship on this today so if your child/ren come(s) home talking about this and asking questions, we hope the below activities and information will be useful.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is all about ensuring the best possible childhood for every child and young person. All of the rights apply, all of the time, and this includes the time a child spends on the Internet. This week’s activities will explore the broad themes of Safer Internet Day with some of the activities linking to the right to relax and play (Article 31), protection from harm (Article 19) and to the importance of respect and dignity.
Gerry McMurtrie, RRSA Senior Professional Adviser, introduces Safer Internet Day...
Article 19 (protection from violence, abuse and neglect): Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.
Article 31 (leisure, play and culture): Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Here are some suggested activities linked to this week's article of the week, you do not have to complete all of them!
1) Draw a picture of your favourite online game or character. Discuss the sort of helpful message they might give to you and other children. You could add these to the pictures as speech bubbles.
2) Read ‘Digiduck’s Big Decision’ - discuss the lessons from the story about friendship and respect online.
3) Your right to be safe and protected is always important, including when you use computers, phones and the internet. Can you think of three top tips for staying safe online? Use thinkuknow.co.uk to help.