CORE Education is excited to be recognising Safer Internet Day 2019.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally each year on 5 February and promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology. Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about ways they can keep themselves safe online.
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 others to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, it is up to all of us.
CORE Education offers the following advice as starting points for early childhood, schools and kura who are planning ways to keep learners safe online. Share what you do with us - tag #SID2019 #SaferInternetDay @COREEducation on Twitter.
Rather than restricting access to the web or using fear-based messages, the best way to manage challenges online is to work them out together.
Effective prevention strategies emphasise approaches that actively involve discussing with students how they use digital technology, and more specifically, the challenges they experience online and how they keep safe. Teachers, students, peers, parents, family and whānau - we all have a role in this process. There are no quick fixes.
Design experiences and learning opportunities that invite learners to pick up new skills safely and in meaningful contexts. Weave safety messages into the learning process. Deliberately make it part of learning.
Use the tools that come with all devices and platforms to restrict, filter and monitor information and identity online as part of an overall strategy to manage safe use.
The internet can be a powerful tool for connecting and working with others, both locally and globally.
Safe and responsible use of the internet is normalised through the way we all behave together.