This week is our Cyber Safety and Anti-bullying week. We have focused on staying safe whilst playing games online and welcomed Peter Cowley, ICT and Online Safety Advisor for Achieving for Children who gave workshops for the children, staff and parents. Our anti-bullying focus was based on the recent national Anti-bullying week organised by the Anti-bullying Alliance and pupils participated through a range of activities and events based on their underlying theme for 2018 ‘Choose Respect’.
Children have been discussing our themes during both form time and PSHE lessons, through videos, class discussion, a safer internet quiz and a special assembly. We also encouraged pupils to write kind messages on leaves which will be pinned to our kindness tree in Reception and continue the theme at home by creating posters.
The week ends with Oddsocks Day with pupils pulling on their wackiest odd socks. The initiative aims to gives children an opportunity to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique. In return, they will make a small donation to the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
During their recent consultation the Anti-Bullying Alliance showed that bullying is a behaviour of choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online. The aims of the week were to help all involved understand:
- The definition of respect
- That bullying is a behaviour choice
- That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
- That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online
We hope that the activities this week will promote a healthy mindset and encourage pupils to consider how their use of the internet has a long term impact on their digital footprint.