Safer Internet Day - 8 Creative Things To Do Online
Published on 06/02/18
On Tuesday 6th February, the UK will be recognising Safer Internet Day which is an annual global event designed to raise awareness of using technology in a safe and responsible manner.
The slogan for this year’s awareness campaign is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you” and so, in keeping with this theme, we’ve outlined below 8 creative ways of using the internet in a safe, responsible and positive manner.
Most of our website designers here at e4education had a passion for creating designs long before they went into it as a profession. Whilst the top-of-the-range Adobe products may not be the most cost-effective option for someone starting out, there are plenty of free online alternatives to get you into graphic design – whether it’s for fun or for profit.
The internet can provide a wealth of inspiration from the best colour palettes to choosing the correct fonts and everything in between. There are also options available for turning your online creations into products – perhaps you want to emblazon your finished design onto a t-shirt or print your hand-designed party invitations onto card.
Just remember to give credit to any resources you use and do not directly copy anything you see online as this could put you into breach of copyright.
Coding, Programming and Development
Since September 2014, coding and programming has been added to the computing curriculum in an attempt to help children in the UK develop the skills they will require for their future careers in the digital age.
Learning to code can open a wide range of doors for you in the future such as web development (front-end and back-end), programming and cyber-security, however it can also be something fun to learn in the meantime, ‘just because’. With perseverance, practice and a little trial and error, you could eventually learn to build a simple website, create an app or even build your own video game!
If writing is more your forte, you could use a blogging platform to create your own little corner of the internet. You could talk about subjects you’re interested in, review the latest films or books or even start writing your own novel using a little creativity and your own imagination.
A blog doesn’t have to be public facing – it could be password protected to you or accessible only to your friends, but just remember that once something is written online it is hard to take it back. Don’t write anything negative or defamatory and don’t post your personal details onto a public forum.
With the rise of apps such as Instagram and Snapchat and the increase in camera technology on phones, taking photographs has never been so popular. Documenting snapshots of your life; places you’ve been, attractions you’ve visited and people you’ve seen can be a great way of maintaining memories in a digital age but make sure that you’re safety-savvy as well as snap-happy.
Only post images publically of other people if you have their permission and remember that, unless they’re set to private, you never know who could be viewing your posts.
Most children nowadays grow up watching videos on Youtube so it’s no surprise that there are many dedicated channels offering child and teen-specific content relating to learning and education. Whilst browsing videos on the internet should always be done with caution, there are many informative and interesting documentaries and recordings available – whether it’s understanding how the solar system works or how to successfully boil an egg.
Alternatively, you may wish to create your own videos for your family and friends – this could be directing your own movie trailer, writing your own documentary or recording your sibling acting in their school play.
Although record shops and CDs are becoming more and more obsolete, the advancement of the internet has meant that listening to music has never been so easy. Sites such as Deezer and Spotify allow users to listen to any artists who have joined their catalogue whilst options such as SoundCloud allow aspiring musicians to share their demos for review and feedback. You can sample a wide variety of genres and eras, as well as create and share playlists for other users to enjoy.
Whilst social media will always come with negatives, when used safely and correctly, it can also be a positive channel of communication. Having profiles on social media allows you to connect with friends and family, as well as follow your favourite public figures and keep you abreast of local and worldwide news and events.
If your loved ones are in a different region or country, it allows you an effective, and often free, way to keep in touch and means that you can share life events with people, even when you don’t see them every day.
The internet can allow you the freedom and the resources to learn about a wide variety of subjects. The Open University, for example, offers a vast array of FutureLearn courses which are open to anyone and everyone. You can also find free courses online from many other British and American universities, as well as websites that can teach you to code, learn a language or play a musical instrument.
Not all learning needs to be academic however; you might just want to learn how to bake a cake, knit a jumper or find out the best places to eat at your summer holiday destination. The opportunities are endless and sometimes, you might not even realise you’re learning new things at all. Just remember to check your sources and, if anything doesn’t seem quite right, make sure you check it with a responsible adult or cross-reference it with a different form of information.
Internet Safety Lesson Plans
Information on keeping children safe online and lesson plans on internet safeguarding.