Year 5 Explore The World of Blogging
Year 5 have delved into the world of blogging as part of their e-safety studies in Computing. To follow on from the fantastic work they have done learning the existing five SMART rules, the children were challenged to come up with a new logo for the rules, and add a sixth rule they thought would be useful for us to follow.
The five existing e-safety rules that the children have learnt are as follows:
SAFE - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you are chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
MEET - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then, only when they can go with you. Remember online friends are still strangers, even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
ACCEPTING - Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don not know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
RELIABLE - Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows.
TELL - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Pupils were taught about what a blog is (a regularly updated website written in a conversational style, much like a diary), and how to manage one. They then discussed the advantages of working together as a community using technology like this for a shared goal, along with warnings about how, like with any multi-user online environment, there have to be strict guidelines on its use. As such, the children were made aware that every blog post they wrote would need to be approved by a teacher electronically, before the other children would be able to see it.
The children used the Purple Mash web site to create their own blogs, and were then given shared access to each other’s blogs, in order to give feedback and work collaboratively.
They then set about designing logos for the SMART rules using graphic design software, and then posted these on their blogs. Children were encouraged to focus on the key letters and incorporate graphical niceties that would be both eye-catching and memorable.
The final task was to design their own new SMART rule. Some of the suggestions that they came up with included:
Always leave appropriate comments online and don’t be rude (Harrison T)
Help other people if they are in trouble on the Internet (Ava T)
Only trust people you know in real life (Devanie T)
Do not pretend to be something online that you are not (Humreen E)
Always turn off your web cam so no-one can see you (Lilac R)
Never message strangers online (Albert S)
Only make friends with people you know in the real world (Ben B)
The children then posted their suggestions on their blog and awaited feedback from their peers.