Kiddi Caru Exeter Supports Safer Internet Day
Kiddi Caru’s Exeter day nursery is lending its support to the global Safer Internet Day campaign. (Tuesday 6th February).
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over 100 countries. It will see Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries join hundreds of organisations right across the UK and globally to ‘be the change’ and help create a better internet by committing to communicating as far and as wide as possible, relevant messages to ensure children are safer online.
Kiddi Caru sends Internet Safety Packs featuring lots of different information and leaflets to all their families and carers and the packs also form part of any induction paperwork for potential new families and carers. On Internet Safety Day the nursery staff held small group discussions with the preschool children to gauge who uses tablets or phones or computers at home and discussed what they access. They showed printed social media symbols to see which, if any the children recognised.
In addition they printed the story of Smartie the penguin, which has ‘time to chat’ prompts, to talk through scenarios with the children. The children had some pictures of Smartie the penguin to colour in too which will hopefully prompt them to continue to discuss at home.
David Lord, Nursery Manager, said: “Our Internet Safety Parent Packs are just the start. Internet safety is embedded in activities we do every day and staff work with the children to give them an understanding that the internet is a powerful tool with a wealth of information to support learning, but also to gain insight that not everything online is real and it is an additional resource to the ‘real world’.
“Our aim is not just to reach out to our children and families that attend our nurseries about the safe use of the internet, but further; our staff teams, our own extended families and network of friends who may have children of all ages right up to 18-year olds. The activities that we have put in place lay the foundations for later on in our children’s lives and more so with the use of social media.”