Bowmandale's Digital Ambassadors are a group of Year 5 and 6 children who help the adults in school keep everyone safe online. They meet regularly with Miss Brewster, Mr Towers, Mrs Dunstan and the governors to plan events and share their knowledge and expertise.
The Digital Ambassadors helped organise an internet safety workshop for parents and carers. The ambassadors introduced themselves and their roles then Mr Martin from Primary Tec led the workshop. He shared new information about the latest online trends and what to do to keep children safe. Everyone who attended also got a raffle ticket.
Yesterday we had an amazing afternoon at BBC Radio Humberside. As part of our roles as ambassadors, we were taken on a tour around the studios to gain an understanding of the work and commitment of the staff at the BBC. Surprisingly, when we met Sally Fairfax she asked if we wanted to go on live radio – we of course, all agreed. Coincidently, she was discussing with her audience the amount of time children spend online and watching the TV, we became her perfect guests as she was able to interview us. Although we were nervous, we gained confidence throughout our interview and were able to help with the show – it was a great experience.
After we learnt all about the radio and how it is controlled, we went to the filming section and met numerous people that help to produce and present the shows – we were a little star struck when we met Peter Levy! We discussed our role with him and he seemed impressed with the work that we complete here at Bowmandale.
We had an amazing afternoon and learnt what happens behind the scenes, we are hoping to work with David Reeves to create our own Digital Ambassador film to go on the BBC Radio Humberside's social media sites demonstrating how we keep people safe online both at home and school.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all those that came to visit us on Friday when we had our own stall at the Christmas Fayre. We advertised safe online games and held a competition to design your own Christmas avatar. Well done to the winners.
On Safer Internet Day this year, we invited an online safety expert, Mr Martin, to come to speak to our Key Stage 2 pupils about social media. Although the age limit for all social media services is 13, our pupil surveys show that lots of pupils are already using social media. Mr Martin reminded everyone of the age limit and shared some very improtant information about what happens to your data online as well as some of the other risks.
We also used the day to ask all pupils to sign a new acceptable use agreement and take part in our online safety survey, the results of which will be published soon. Some classes designed online safety posters and Mr Martin will be back in the future to choose the winners.
When Mr Martin came on Safer Internet Day, he worked with the year 3 and 4 classes to develop online safety posters. Last week Mr Martin came back to meet with Miss Brewster and Mr Towers and he picked his three winners. The winners each recieved a prize - a kit to build either a robot alarm clock or a car. Well done to the winners and to all the children who took part. You can see their posters below.
On the last day of school before Christmas, Bowmandale received a visit from a very special visitor: E-safety Santa! Santa talked to all the children about staying safe on the internet and particularly on the new games and devices they might get for Christmas. He told everyone about the age ratings on social media and games.
This year for Safer Internet Day, we took part is a series of activities to raise awareness about E-safety. Miss Brewster asked everyone to design online safety posters to promote online safety in school. All the teachers chose the best posters from their class, then Miss Brewster and Mr Towers chose the final winners.
The Key Stage 1 winner was Freddie and the runner up was Connie. Key Stage 2's winner was Richanne and the runner up was Tyra-Jo. All the winners and runners up were presented with a certificate and the winners also received a book token.
Some classes watched a video about thinking carefully about things they see and do online and to try to 'see the bigger picture'. There was also an opportunity for some classes to do the Hour of Code.
As part of Safer Internet Day, we ask all Key Stage 2 pupils about about their internet use, cyber bullying and reporting. The teachers use the information we collect to help plan lessons and help keep everyone safe. You can download the 2017 survey below.