This year more than any other it is important that we are all aware of the mental health of our pupils. Everyone’s lives will be affected in different ways by the global pandemic. It can sometimes be difficult for adults to understand what cascades understandably down to our children. School staff and parent/carers can help combat the risks to children developing poor mental health by building resilience into their everyday lives.
This year is also important to think about how safe we are on the internet. During lockdown we are using the internet more and more and we all need to make sure we are safe, understand and trust what we read online.
Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.
Lessons in school and the resources that are available online we will focus on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.
Our day will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on young people and why it is important to create a supportive, critical and questioning culture online that encourages debate and discussion. We want to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.