Teaching online safety is vital to help keep our children safe as they navigate their digital world. In order to keep your child up-to-date on the most important parts of online safety, our school has begun using the Digital Matters platform.
This free platform is available in any browser and allows your child to explore their understanding of how to use the internet safely while still having fun.
As a parent, you are able to use the platform too! Simply go to https://internetmatters.com/digital-matters and select ‘Begin as a parent.’ You’ll then be able to see the range of topics we cover along with resources for you to help support your child’s learning journey.
How does it work?
Each half-term, your child will receive a specific lesson on e-safety. This will make up a whole program across the year. At school, your child will complete the Interactive Learning part of the lesson where they will be equipped with the knowledge to make safe choices online. They will then go onto the Once Upon Online section.
Once Upon Online is a choose-your-own-adventure story based on online safety. Your child will have to navigate through character decisions based on what they know about the topic and what they learned in the lesson. This format allows them to take risks with immediate consequences without being put in harm’s way. Its engaging artwork and unique story means that it will interest your child and encourage them to try for different outcomes.
You can learn more about the platform and download the Parent and Carer Companion Guides for each lesson at internetmatters.org/digital-matters.