Dèanamaid Dihaoine – Let’s Do It Friday

Là Sàbhailteas air loidhne - Online Safety Day

For this Friday (5th Feb) our focus is Online Safety Day – Là Sàbhailteas air loidhne which is appropriately planned ahead of World Internet Safety Day next Tuesday 9th February.

Key Messages

Technology has benefited us during lockdown helping us meet up with our friends and family online, helping us to stay happy and look after our mental health.

We may worry about the amount of time we spend online right now but socialising with friends is particularly important for young people. Video is one of the easiest ways that young people can keep in touch during the current lockdown conditions.

One way to make sure there’s a balance between online and offline activities would be for parents/carers and children/young people to draw up a schedule. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Set aside time to use the internet and chat with friends, but also include slots for other important activities such as exercise, eating and family time. Not forgetting sleep!

There are dozens of video-chatting apps, each offering different features, so do a little research about which ones your child is using – or would like to use.

Parent Zone (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) offers guides to the key features of many popular apps and games, please be aware that some of these apps may not be as secure as the ones we use in school. The National Cyber Security Centre has recently published its guidance for using video conferencing services securely (Opens in a new window or downloads a file). It’s well worth checking out for further information.

Technology

Technology allows us to be connected to our friends and also opens up opportunities to learn so much about the world around us

Have a go at some of the suggested Activities:

Outdoor Activities

The Seasons

This must be one of the best times of year because spring is coming. The changing length of the days is one of the best clues that things are different.

Why not keep a record of when the sun comes up in the morning and goes down in the evening?

On days that you can see both the sunrise and sunset, you can figure out the total number of hours and minutes of daylight. You may want to ask an adult or older brother or sister to help you figure out the number of hours and minutes of daily. As an extension you could even try plotting your findings on a graph like the one below. The more days you plot the better it gets.

On days when it is too cloudy, to see when the sun rises or sets, you can get the times of sunrise and sunset by searching online but check your sources (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)!!! We say sunrise and sunset and when we look at the sky, it looks as if the sun moves across the sky. Remember the real cause of day and night is the spinning of the earth. This turns our side of the earth to the sun during daylight hours and away from the sun at night.

Don't just wait for spring, look for it.

Useful Links

Safer Internet Centre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Internetmatters.org (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Vscene code of conduct (») (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) (courtesy of Balivanich School)

Get Safe Online (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Thinkyouknow (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Sharing Your Work

Please encourage pupils and families to share the activities that they participate in and promote your work through posting and sharing the examples of learning taking place, both at home and at the hubs.  Please also use these platforms to share and celebrate successes and achievements.  Remember to tag them with #CNESLearning or #CNESGaidhlig