Tuesday 10th February was Safer Internet Day (SID). This is an international event held every February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Students of all ages, throughout Hawley Place School, have been working on making their own pledges to fulfil the aim “Let’s create a better internet together”. The week inspired and challenged the whole school as they were asked to reflect on how the internet made the world a better place by ease of communication and the speed with which positivity could be shared. They were also asked searching questions across the curriculum to make everyone reflect upon the responsible use of the internet to ensure a digital footprint they could be proud of, and illustrated how the responsibility of making the internet a better place rested with each and every one of us.
Jocelyn Boyce, Head of ICT and Computer Science says “It has been a fantastic week joining together, from the Nursery through to Year 11, to not only look at the dangers of the internet but also to celebrate the positive attributes it contributes to our daily lives. We have encouraged our students to become responsible digital citizens through a variety of activities from Geotagging, devising shaped poems, solving dilemmas to performing role plays. The week was concluded by all students writing a pledge to help make the internet a better place and displayed in a central location for all to read”.