The PSCD department within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is once again collaborating with the Commissioner for Children, Aġenzija Appoġġ, and the Cyber Crime Unit within the BeSmart Online Project to celebrate Safer Internet Day. This year, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 8 th February 2022. Safer Internet Day aims to not only promote a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
The PSCD teachers are being encouraged to make students aware of this day and carry out lessons and clips prepared for middle and secondary students during the safer internet day or during that week. The lessons prepared are part of the PSCD learning outcomes syllabus and complement work already done in class and in the reflective workbooks. The toolkit created by the BeSmart Online Team includes lesson plans, video clips and other resources that can be accessed through the link https://www.besmartonline.org.mt/sid-toolkit.
Students and Educators at St. Nicholas College, Rabat Primary School, prepared a series of activities to celebrate Internet Safety Day. These included:
- KG 2.3 Students listened to the story, ‘Ir-Rigal’. They noted how they could not access the teachers’ computer without a password; thus learning about the importance of not disclosing their own passwords to others. They also learned about other personal information that they should not be disclosing online to others, such as their addresses. Finally, they were reminded that as young children they always need to have an adult with them (such as their parents) when accessing the internet.
- Year 4.2 Students designed their own ‘Internet Safety’ Posters.
- Year 4.1 Students discussed eSafety rules and produced their own bookmarks to remind themselves of how they can stay safe online. They also learned to identify unsafe situations and to speak up if something happens that concerns or upsets them.
- Year 3.3 Students watched a PowerPoint presentation and saw some bookmarks that helped them understand how to keep themselves safe when using the Internet. The students also enjoyed doing the puzzle about Internet Safety.
- Ms. Christine Vassallo, Nurture Class Teacher, also organised an eSafety Online Session for the whole school.
Click on the video below to watch some of our activities !
As part of the Safer Internet Day Activities held in school during PSCD Lessons, Ms Melanie Cini and her students of St. Nicholas College, Secondary School, Dingli, teamed up with their European Twinning partners of the eTwinning project Think, Act, Inspire! to work on various topics within the PSCD Curriculum. These past few weeks, students worked on various aspects of internet safety in class, online and on Twinspace. In mixed national teams, students created tips and slogans which were then transformed into posters available to be printed and shared in schools.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year. It aims to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and to inspire a national discussion about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. To help educators to deliver practical and impactful activities for Safer Internet Day, the BeSmart Online Team have created a special section on their website, with a range of free resources, including lesson plans, presentations and more! Click on the link below to access these free resources!