This week Lower and Upper Schools assemblies saw students engaging in and discussing a very important topic: Digital Citizenship. Do you know what it means to be a digital citizen and how to behave responsibly in the digital world? This critical question was raised and then explained by Mr. Sultanov, Design Subject Lead. Being that some of the top uses of the internet are social media, music, videos and reading, to name a few, we need to be mindful of what we share and what we search. Think before you post, do not provide personal details, and keep passwords private were some of the principal themes explored during the assembly.
Why are we shown what we see online? What are the benefits and problems of using the internet? An email sent from someone at school has insensitive and cruel jokes about classmates - what would you do? The students eagerly gave their responses to these hypothetical questions and voiced their opinions on what the outcomes would be. Conclusively, 5 key points were outlined: Be mindful what you share. Don't believe everything on the internet. Use strong passwords. Treat people the way you hope to be treated. When in doubt, talk it out.
Mr Sultanov also prepared a Parent's Safer Internet Guide to help parents navigate any tricky situations that may arise, tips for how to build a solid foundation for safe and effective internet use, and advice to help everyone become positive digital citizens.