Be internet awesome


Be internet awesome

4 Mar ’18 Teaching 0

To make the most of the internet, children need to make smart decisions. Be Internet Legends empowers younger children to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world. Google

Sunday and Mrs Still has to work. When you work from home, #snowdays means greater responsibility not less.

Having read about the Be Internet Legends* programme, Freya (7) and I got stuck in with the online, interactive component, Interland (after peeling the potatoes and preparing the vegetables). Interland is an online adventure that teaches the key lessons of internet safety through four fun, challenging games. Of course, it is Google, and of course it is stunningly beautiful.

The four worlds of Interland.
Mindful Mountain (Share with Care)
Tower of Treasure (Secure Your Secrets)
Kind Kingdom (It’s Cool to be Kind)
Reality River (Don’t Fall for Fake)

Free to roam around four floating islands, players are presented with challenges that teaches the players the values of careful sharing, safety and privacy, alertness, and kindness. Freya was encouraged to practice the skills she needs to be confident online explore, avoiding badly-behaved hackers, phishers and over-sharers . The visuals are stunningly beautiful, colorful and simple. Puzzles were challenging, as Freya attests later on and players are encouraged improve their cyber smartness. (The game is free and can be played on all major web browsers.)

I liked Interland because it makes my mind work extra hard. It makes me think what I need to do when I’m online. I had to work hard to figure out the puzzles. I have to let the puzzles go through my mind and stop at some points and think. It was challenging for my me. Interland I would like to recommend Interland for people that like brain puzzles. I found it fun. Freya (7).

Be Internet Legends

*Be Internet Legends is an educational programme aimed at 7 – 11-year-olds to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online, created in partnership with family internet safety experts at Parent Zone and accredited by the PSHE Association. It is an extensive offer including online platforms, teaching resources, face-to-face workshops, assemblies, and free training resources.

The five key pillars are excellent and in my opinion, more representative of the real online world, more discerning, than many frameworks I have scene promoted in schools (including ours):

  1. Be Internet Sharp – Think Before You Share
  2. Be Internet Alert – Check it’s For Real
  3. Be Internet Secure – Protect Your Stuff
  4. Be Internet Kind – Respect Each Other
  5. Be Internet Brave – When in Doubt, Discuss

So are the free, vibrant, supporting resources.

Be Internet Legends lesson poster: Download and print a colourful daily reminder of the five pillars of the Internet Legends Code.

Everything is hosted and available on the toolkit pages.


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