It was e-Safety day recently and schools across the UK were asked to help promote an awareness of staying safe online.
I’d thought I’d share with you all how I helped raise awareness of e-safety through a creative assembly.
In order to prepare for this assembly, I hooked up our speaker system to a small microphone and placed an iPad in the corner of the hall. Using AirServer I was able to broadcast an image of the hall into a vacant classroom – where I could sit with my microphone and watch the whole assembly.
How It Worked
As with any assembly the children were brought into the hall and sat waiting for it to begin. Even though e-Safety was emblazoned on the interactive whiteboard at the front, I was nowhere to be seen and instead a colleague (another teacher) was standing at the front.
Then I chimed in…
Over the loud speaker, children simply heard me ask “who plays Call of Duty?” This led to a mixed response; some children laughed, some were confused but all over them were looking around.
I also began talking to individual children, asking them to sit still, and proceeded to talk about the reason computer games have an age rating (a huge area of e-Safety that everyone overlooks). I asked them to put their hands up to answer questions and then chose people that I could see.
After a little while I entered the hall and told the children that I’d been watching them using an iPad. I explained that such a small device allowed me to see them at all times and that they need to be aware that they don’t know who is watching online.
This led into a great discussion (and a longer assembly) about posting images and/or videos online. The idea that people – who know a lot more than I do – can see what you’re posting and you might not know who they are is terrifying and I think actually showing this to the children was very impactful.
I then repeated the same assembly for KS1 as well and also received a good response from the children.
When giving a presentation to the children from Early Years about e-Safety I tried something a bit different.
I created a simple PowerPoint and turned each slide into a page from a picture book. I chose the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears to use and adapted the story in my own way to suit the presentation.
The story continued as usual until the 3 bears woke Goldilocks up, from this point everything became about e-Safety. When Goldilocks woke up and saw the 3 Bears, she was surprised to see them so soon – which confused Mama Bear, Papa Bear and the EYFS children.
However, it soon emerged that Baby Bear had gotten hold of Papa Bear’s phone and managed to access Facebook and post a status update saying they were out, which Goldilocks saw and took advantage of.
This led into more scenarios similar to the one mentioned above and again led to some good discussion with the children. I was honestly surprised by how much the EYFS children knew about social media and mobile phones already – and I was glad I’d highlighted it in a way they’d understand.
Hopefully the ideas on this page are useful to you when discussing e-Safety or can inspire you to create your own e-Safety themed activities because it’s such a vital part of the curriculum and life.