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Safer Internet Day 2019 in Uxbridge

In today’s modern world, keeping up with technology can be both time consuming and complex. With our new generation spending time online more and more these days, it’s vital that we explicitly teach young people how to stay safe whilst being online.

On the 5th February 2019, our young people in Uxbridge (West London) participated in the Safer Internet Day.  Although they were very good with technology, they still lacked the awareness of the danger with the internet, for instance anything about viruses, online privacy, phishing, social networking etiquette and other internet safety and security issues that is considered important.

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During the lesson, we discussed what can be shared online and otherwise. The lesson was to remind all learners that it is crucial to remember that everything we do over the web is captured forever and could come back to haunt us some day. For instance, many employers and university admissions offices look at social media profiles when researching candidates.

Also, learners brainstormed ideas on how they connect and the gadgets they use like smart phones, tablets and even old fashioned computers need to be protected as well. They went on talking about the use of sensible passwords and protection and how it can be helpful in the long run.

Some of our young people have played games online before and offered to share their two cents relating to online strangers. They said there are strangers online because they don’t always know who they are talking to and this could end up being detrimental. The discussion continued with the different ways one could connect with strangers online such as online games, Facebook and Instagram. They then watched a video presentation on how to handle strangers online. It was a good presentation as it got the learners to think about questions like, “What sort of information should we not tell a stranger?” We elicited a variety of answers from our young people, ensuring that details like “home address,” “phone number,” “full name” were emphasized.

Overall, it was a fun-filled, informative lesson with learners reflecting the issues that our young generation are facing as well as tackling emerging trends that could leave a lasting impact on online users.

Well done to our learners for engaging brilliantly in this lesson. #asphaleiayoungpersonsweek2019

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