Monday, 5 February 2018

SID2018 activities in 1st Primary School of Ilioupolis

Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.

My school, 1st Primary School of Ilioupolis, Greece has been registered as a supporter for that special day! Enlarge the map below to view the name of our school in Attica: 
Grade six EFL learners, divided into groups, discussed some questions relating to this year's theme. Here are the instructions and the questions used as prompts to their responses:

After thinking critically and exchanging ideas concerning the three questions the students were provided with, each group reported their thoughts back to the whole class.

Some of their ideas can be read below:

For Question 1:
'What sort of content should a responsible digital citizen create online?'

If web users are older than at least 13, they can create a blog or a site with their biography, personal achievements or even informative content such as the results of a research, their thoughts on environmental issues, a film they have seen, a book they have read or a place they have visited. Moreover, they can create a social media account, e.g. on Facebook or Instagram and share valuable content for others as well as learn from others. If they are above 18 or 13 and with their parents’ permission, they can also create a youtube channel to upload interesting videos about how to make something, how to take care of an animal and so on. For younger kids there are special sites they can use to create something interesting such as posters, cartoons, drawings, digital books, online games, educational apps under their parents’ or teachers’ supervision; there are also kids blogs which can be controlled by their teachers or parents.

For Question 2
'How can a child at your age connect with others safely online?'

Connecting with a stranger or simply exchanging messages with him/her online can be dangerous. You never know who this person may be. Children can connect safely online on special platforms suggested by their teachers. Edmodo and etwinning are two examples. They should also connect for a reason, i.e. to work together to exchange ideas on an interesting topic and so on. When they connect with others, they should remember not to reveal too personal information such as their full name, their address or telephone number. They can use a fake name and instead of uploading a personal photo with their face, they can use a free image of a flower, an animal or a landscape.
Sometimes children connect with friends via social media, such as viber, with their parents’ consent. In this case, they should use an avatar for their profile and a nickname only their friends know about. Even in this case if something strange or bad happens, they should immediately let their parents know. Sometimes parents choose to control the sites their children visit or even use a special safety or secret code so that their children enter the internet only with them.

For Question 3
'What ways of sharing respect online can you think about?'

Behaving respectfully online is very important. You shouldn’t call somebody names. You shouldn’t make fun, insult, make negative comments, speak badly of somebody or generally make him/her feel bad. You should not upload inappropriate photos or another person’s photo without his/her permission.
Concerning creative commons licenses, you should try to respect others‘ work and not copy or use it without having the right to do so.

One more activity with another class of sixth grade EFL learners was the presentation of a student-created digital book. Two of my students had started preparing it in the afternoon classes after resorting to helpful material on Here's the two students' book with the kids' thoughts and tips on esafety and SID2018.

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