Last reviewed 8 February 2021
The extent to which teachers and pupils are relying on remote learning during the pandemic has been underlined by the recently published Education (Coronavirus, Remote Education Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.
These require schools with state-funded pupils to publish information on how they are complying with the requirement to provide remote education, either arranging for the information to be published on the school website or, if none exists, on an alternative website.
Given this enhanced level of involvement online, it is timely to note that 9 February is Safer Internet Day 2021.
With the theme, “An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world”, this initiative, with full details available at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2021, offers a range of educational resources and films.
The information available is targeted at a wide range of age groups from three to seven year-olds to pupils aged between 14 and 18.
For the older group, for example, the website makes available: three lesson plans of varying lengths and accompanying slides; an assembly and accompanying slides; a menu of other activities, campaign and social media activities; a poster; and further guidance to support educators in delivering the materials.
Films for this group are focused on exploring what can be trusted on the internet, looking at inaccurate content and examining why it exists and where it originates.
A Safer Internet Day resources pack for parents and carers is also available, at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2021/i-am-parent-or-carer to help them to talk to their children about how to navigate the issue of reliability of information online in a safe, responsible and engaging way.