We’ve had a bit of fun testing the strength of passwords using https://howsecureismypassword.net. I set the children a challenge of creating the most secure password they could using up to 10 characters. The best one would take a computer 53 years to crack it. Can you beat that?
I have been working with years 5 and 6, talking about how to make sure your online profile is secure. We began by looking at an image which shows the logos of the 20 most popular social media sites or apps. How many can you recognise?
Most of the children were able to recognise at least half of the logos, and the vast majority use at least one of these services, with some using many more. We discussed the minimum age requirements for some of these apps. Interestingly, despite being users of many of the services, relatively few children were aware of the minimum age requirements. Most of them have a minimum age of 13 or older, meaning many children are using services they are too young to sign up for.
This prompted a discussion around what we should do. In an ideal world, all children would delete their profiles and only use age appropriate services, and this is an approach which I endorse. However, we need to accept that this is very unlikely to happen and very difficult to monitor for parents, let alone the school. So if children are using social media sites and despite our best efforts are likely to continue to do so, then the most responsible approach is to teach them how to use them safely and responsibly. Not only will this help in the short term, it will also prepare them for the challenges they are likely to face in the years ahead.
As a discussion prompt I shared this image of a fake social media profile (from teaching ideas.co.uk). The children annotated a copy of it with their thoughts on the problems a profile like this might present. This would be a great activity for you and your child to do together, you might even learn some tips to make your social media profile more secure.
Below are a number of links to the UK Safer Internet Centre to help you support your child in staying safe on social media.
There are also links to other social media guides from this page.
As part of our Safer Internet Day activities, KS2 have been completing quizzes to help them make sensible choices when online. I have been using Kahoot, an excellent website for setting quizzes which you can complete on tablets, phones or computers.
The year 3/4 quiz is based on ‘The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the Smart Crew’, an excellent series of short videos which teachers children the SMART rules of internet safety. You can try the quiz yourself by clicking on the link below.
The year 5/6 quiz includes some of the questions from the year 3/4 quiz, but without the videos to help answer them. There are additional questions prompted by this CEOP video. I have included a link rather than embedding the video, as the themes maybe upsetting for some younger children. You can try the quiz by clicking on the link below.
The best way for children to stay safe online is for parents and carers to maintain a dialogue with them. I would strongly advise you to visit the UK Safer Internet Centre, and in particular the pages for parents and carers where you can find advice and guidance on a variety of internet safety issues including ISP settings, social network privacy settings and gaming.
If you have ay questions or concerns, please come and see me in school.
Year 6 have been busy planning an eSafety website. They have been on a blog walk to find examples of different approaches to web design, they have used xMind to plan pages and experimented with iWeb.
This week your challenge is to use iWeb to design a home page and one additional page with the following content:
– Link to an external site
– Link to a page on your site
– An image
At least one other page:
– further information
– links to external sites
– an image