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Safer Internet Day and Children's Mental Health Week

Two very important events are taking place during the last week of term 3- Children’s Mental Health Week and Safer Internet Day. Whilst these are areas that we revisit across the year, these dates in February give a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance of the wellbeing of our children and young people.

Tuesday 7th February was Safer Internet Day, and all of our pupils took part in activities and a special assembly about keeping ourselves safe online, with a particular focus on the SID2023 theme of ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.’

Children in Nursery and Reception shared Childnet's Digiduck stories, which explore the themes of responsibility, friendships, and being a good digital citizen. Year 1 and 2 pupils talked about online safety rules, using a chatterbox to help them think about different scenarios and the best approaches to take, and how to use the internet in an appropriate and friendly way. In Key Stage 2, the children discussed different methods of online communication, how to keep ourselves safe by using them in an appropriate way. The children also shared ideas for what they could do if they came across something online that they didn't expect or like.

To help parents and carers to support their families at home, we created an online safety newsletter, filled with links to useful websites, articles and resources. We hope that our Safer Internet Day approach will help to open up communication between children and their trusted adults, build understanding and confidence, and remind children that they don’t need to face difficult situations alone.